Aspirational Districts

Aspirational Districts of India

With the intent of raising living standards of people living in certain districts, which as compared to other districts are lacking in terms of many social-economic indicators, the Government of India introduced the Transformation of Aspirational Districts Program.

Under this program, the government has listed districts from each respective state based on some key data sets and index measures received from various sectors including health, education, and infrastructure sector.

About Aspirational District Program 

The Program was announced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2018. It lists various districts in the country which are severely lacking in human development and socio-economic indicators. There are about 115 districts listed under this program up till now out of 28 states. The program is managed and anchored by the NITI Aayog of India with support of related ministries indicating growth in different sectors of these districts.

Out of 115 districts

  • 35 districts were selected by the Ministry of Home Affairs based on the density of violence.
  • 55 districts by Central Ministries of Government based on severe deficiency and sensitivity in districts.
  • 25 districts by the NITI Aayog

The program aims to measure the progress of these districts based on 49 standard indicators including health, nutrition, education, agriculture, water resources, basic infrastructure, skill development, etc.

The program at intervals requires the associated members to place ranking of listed districts, based on the performance & working of the districts and make immediate improvements whenever required.

The program brings together ties of 1) NITI Aayog of government at the Central level with state governments; 2) Government with District collectors & Prabhari officers of districts.

Key Performance Indicators under the Aspirational District Program

Including 49 sub-indicators, the NITI Aayog in consultation of many other ministries proposed the following 5 real-time progress measuring indicators for Aspirational districts :

  • Health and Nutrition
  • Education
  • Agriculture and Allied
  • Financial Inclusion & Skill Development
  • Basic Infrastructure
  • Composite Index

Real-Time Measurement of Progress of Districts 

As government and NITI Aayog are determined to ensure the success of this program, a policy for collection of important data points has incorporated in the program which will be validated by third party agencies. To shorten the process of obtaining relevant data of progress, the program envisages for the conduct of progress survey by survey agencies at an interval of every 4 months.

The data collected and reported by agencies and Ministries will be uploaded on the domain of Champions of Change (http://championsofchange.gov.in/) of government.

List of Aspirational Districts of India

StateAspirational Districts
Andhra PradeshVizianagaram
Andhra PradeshVisakhapatanam
Andhra PradeshCuddapah
Arunachal PradeshNamsai
AssamUdalguri
AssamHailakandi
AssamGoalpara
AssamDhubri
AssamDarrang
AssamBarpeta
AssamBaksa
BiharSitamarhi
BiharSheikhpura
BiharPurnia
BiharNawada
BiharMuzaffarpur
BiharKhagaria
BiharKatihar
BiharJamui
BiharGaya
BiharBegusarai
BiharBanka
BiharAuranagabad
BiharAraria
ChhattisgarhSukma
ChhattisgarhRajnandagon
ChhattisgarhNarayanpur
ChhattisgarhMahasamund
ChhattisgarhKorba
ChhattisgarhKondagaon
ChhattisgarhKanker
ChhattisgarhDantewada
ChhattisgarhBijapur
ChhattisgarhBastar
GujaratNarmada
GujaratDahod
HaryanaMewat
Himachal PradeshChamba
Jammu And KashmirKupwara
Jammu And KashmirBaramulla
JharkhandWest Singhbhum
JharkhandSimdega
JharkhandSahebganj
JharkhandRanchi
JharkhandRamgarh
JharkhandPurbi Singhbhum
JharkhandPalamu
JharkhandPakur
JharkhandLohardaga
JharkhandLatehar
JharkhandKhunti
JharkhandHazaribag
JharkhandGumla
JharkhandGodda
JharkhandGiridih
JharkhandGarhwa
JharkhandDumka
JharkhandChatra
JharkhandBokaro
KarnatakaYadgir
KarnatakaRaichur
KeralaWayanad
Madhya PradeshVidisha
Madhya PradeshSingrauli
Madhya PradeshRajgarh
Madhya PradeshKhandwa
Madhya PradeshGuna
Madhya PradeshDamoh
Madhya PradeshChhatarpur
Madhya PradeshBarwani
MaharashtraWashim
MaharashtraOsmanabad
MaharashtraNandurbar
MaharashtraGadchiroli
ManipurChandel
MeghalayaRi Bhoi
MizoramMamit
NagalandKiphire
OdishaRayagada
OdishaNuapada
OdishaNabarangpur
OdishaMalkangiri
OdishaKoraput
OdishaKandhamala
OdishaKalahandi
OdishaGajapati
OdishaDhenkanal
OdishaBalangir
PunjabMoga
PunjabFirozepur
RajasthanSirohi
RajasthanKarauli
RajasthanJaisalmer
RajasthanDholpur
RajasthanBaran
SikkimWest District
Tamil NaduVirudhunagar
Tamil NaduRamanathapuram
TelanganaKomaram Bheem Asifabad
TelanganaKhammam
TelaganaJayashankar Bhoopalpalli
TripuraDhalai
Uttar PradeshSonbhadra
Uttar PradeshSiddharth Nagar
Uttar PradeshShravasti
Uttar PradeshFatehpur
Uttar PradeshChitrakoot
Uttar PradeshChandauli
Uttar PradeshBalrampur
Uttar PradeshBahraich
UttarakhandUdam Singh Nagar
UttarakhandHaridwar
West BengalNadia
West BengalMurshidabad
West BengalMaldah
West BengalDinajpur Dakshin
West BengalBirbhum
Andhra PradeshVizianagaram
Andhra PradeshVisakhapatanam
Andhra PradeshCuddapah
Arunachal PradeshNamsai
AssamUdalguri
AssamHailakandi
AssamGoalpara
AssamDhubri
AssamDarrang
AssamBarpeta
AssamBaksa
BiharSitamarhi
BiharSheikhpura
BiharPurnia
BiharNawada
BiharMuzaffarpur
BiharKhagaria
BiharKatihar
BiharJamui
BiharGaya
BiharBegusarai
BiharBanka
BiharAuranagabad
BiharAraria
ChhattisgarhSukma
ChhattisgarhRajnandagon
ChhattisgarhNarayanpur
ChhattisgarhMahasamund
ChhattisgarhKorba
ChhattisgarhKondagaon
ChhattisgarhKanker
ChhattisgarhDantewada
ChhattisgarhBijapur
ChhattisgarhBastar
GujaratNarmada
GujaratDahod
HaryanaMewat
Himachal PradeshChamba
Jammu And KashmirKupwara
Jammu And KashmirBaramulla
JharkhandWest Singhbhum
JharkhandSimdega
JharkhandSahebganj
JharkhandRanchi
JharkhandRamgarh
JharkhandPurbi Singhbhum
JharkhandPalamu
JharkhandPakur
JharkhandLohardaga
JharkhandLatehar
JharkhandKhunti
JharkhandHazaribag
JharkhandGumla
JharkhandGodda
JharkhandGiridih
JharkhandGarhwa
JharkhandDumka
JharkhandChatra
JharkhandBokaro
KarnatakaYadgir
KarnatakaRaichur
KeralaWayanad
Madhya PradeshVidisha
Madhya PradeshSingrauli
Madhya PradeshRajgarh
Madhya PradeshKhandwa
Madhya PradeshGuna
Madhya PradeshDamoh
Madhya PradeshChhatarpur
Madhya PradeshBarwani
MaharashtraWashim
MaharashtraOsmanabad
MaharashtraNandurbar
MaharashtraGadchiroli
ManipurChandel
MeghalayaRi Bhoi
MizoramMamit
NagalandKiphire
OdishaRayagada
OdishaNuapada
OdishaNabarangpur
OdishaMalkangiri
OdishaKoraput
OdishaKandhamala
OdishaKalahandi
OdishaGajapati
OdishaDhenkanal
OdishaBalangir
PunjabMoga
PunjabFirozepur
RajasthanSirohi
RajasthanKarauli
RajasthanJaisalmer
RajasthanDholpur
RajasthanBaran
SikkimWest District
Tamil NaduVirudhunagar
Tamil NaduRamanathapuram
TelanganaKomaram Bheem Asifabad
TelanganaKhammam
TelaganaJayashankar Bhoopalpalli
TripuraDhalai
Uttar PradeshSonbhadra
Uttar PradeshSiddharth Nagar
Uttar PradeshShravasti
Uttar PradeshFatehpur
Uttar PradeshChitrakoot
Uttar PradeshChandauli
Uttar PradeshBalrampur
Uttar PradeshBahraich
UttarakhandUdam Singh Nagar
UttarakhandHaridwar
West BengalNadia
West BengalMurshidabad
West BengalMaldah
West BengalDinajpur Dakshin
West BengalBirbhum
Andhra PradeshVizianagaram
Andhra PradeshVisakhapatanam
Andhra PradeshCuddapah
Arunachal PradeshNamsai
AssamUdalguri
AssamHailakandi
AssamGoalpara
AssamDhubri
AssamDarrang
AssamBarpeta
AssamBaksa
BiharSitamarhi
BiharSheikhpura
BiharPurnia
BiharNawada
BiharMuzaffarpur
BiharKhagaria
BiharKatihar
BiharJamui
BiharGaya
BiharBegusarai
BiharBanka
BiharAuranagabad
BiharAraria
ChhattisgarhSukma
ChhattisgarhRajnandagon
ChhattisgarhNarayanpur
ChhattisgarhMahasamund
ChhattisgarhKorba
ChhattisgarhKondagaon
ChhattisgarhKanker
ChhattisgarhDantewada
ChhattisgarhBijapur
ChhattisgarhBastar
GujaratNarmada
GujaratDahod
HaryanaMewat
Himachal PradeshChamba
Jammu And KashmirKupwara
Jammu And KashmirBaramulla
JharkhandWest Singhbhum
JharkhandSimdega
JharkhandSahebganj

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