Aspirational Blocks Programme - IE - 09/01/23

Recently, Aspirational Blocks Programme (ABP) has been launched during the 2nd National Conference of Chief Secretaries held from 5th January to 7th January, 2022.
-> Aspirational Blocks Programme: It is a development initiative aimed at improving the performance of areas that are lagging on various development parameters. It was announced in the Union Budget 2022-23.

->Aspirational District Programme:
-It was launched in 2018 which aims to transform districts that have shown relatively lesser progress in key social areas.
-Aspirational Districts are those districts in India, that are affected by poor socio-economic indicators.
-At Government of India level, programme is anchored by NITI Aayog. In addition, individual Ministries have assumed responsibility to drive progress of districts.

->Broad Contours of the Programme:
-Convergence (of Central & State Schemes)
-Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors),
-Competition among districts through monthly delta ranking.

-It focuses on the strength of each district, identifying low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement and measuring progress by ranking districts on a monthly basis.
-Districts are prodded and encouraged to first catch up with the best district within their state, and subsequently aspire to become one of the best in the country, by competing with, and learning from others in the spirit of competitive & cooperative federalism.
-The Government is committed to raising the living standards of its citizens and ensuring inclusive growth for all – “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas”.

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