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

State Aspirational Districts
Andhra Pradesh Vizianagaram
Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatanam
Andhra Pradesh Cuddapah
Arunachal Pradesh Namsai
Assam Udalguri
Assam Hailakandi
Assam Goalpara
Assam Dhubri
Assam Darrang
Assam Barpeta
Assam Baksa
Bihar Sitamarhi
Bihar Sheikhpura
Bihar Purnia
Bihar Nawada
Bihar Muzaffarpur
Bihar Khagaria
Bihar Katihar
Bihar Jamui
Bihar Gaya
Bihar Begusarai
Bihar Banka
Bihar Auranagabad
Bihar Araria
Chhattisgarh Sukma
Chhattisgarh Rajnandagon
Chhattisgarh Narayanpur
Chhattisgarh Mahasamund
Chhattisgarh Korba
Chhattisgarh Kondagaon
Chhattisgarh Kanker
Chhattisgarh Dantewada
Chhattisgarh Bijapur
Chhattisgarh Bastar
Gujarat Narmada
Gujarat Dahod
Haryana Mewat
Himachal Pradesh Chamba
Jammu And Kashmir Kupwara
Jammu And Kashmir Baramulla
Jharkhand West Singhbhum
Jharkhand Simdega
Jharkhand Sahebganj
Jharkhand Ranchi
Jharkhand Ramgarh
Jharkhand Purbi Singhbhum
Jharkhand Palamu
Jharkhand Pakur
Jharkhand Lohardaga
Jharkhand Latehar
Jharkhand Khunti
Jharkhand Hazaribag
Jharkhand Gumla
Jharkhand Godda
Jharkhand Giridih
Jharkhand Garhwa
Jharkhand Dumka
Jharkhand Chatra
Jharkhand Bokaro
Karnataka Yadgir
Karnataka Raichur
Kerala Wayanad
Madhya Pradesh Vidisha
Madhya Pradesh Singrauli
Madhya Pradesh Rajgarh
Madhya Pradesh Khandwa
Madhya Pradesh Guna
Madhya Pradesh Damoh
Madhya Pradesh Chhatarpur
Madhya Pradesh Barwani
Maharashtra Washim
Maharashtra Osmanabad
Maharashtra Nandurbar
Maharashtra Gadchiroli
Manipur Chandel
Meghalaya Ri Bhoi
Mizoram Mamit
Nagaland Kiphire
Odisha Rayagada
Odisha Nuapada
Odisha Nabarangpur
Odisha Malkangiri
Odisha Koraput
Odisha Kandhamala
Odisha Kalahandi
Odisha Gajapati
Odisha Dhenkanal
Odisha Balangir
Punjab Moga
Punjab Firozepur
Rajasthan Sirohi
Rajasthan Karauli
Rajasthan Jaisalmer
Rajasthan Dholpur
Rajasthan Baran
Sikkim West District
Tamil Nadu Virudhunagar
Tamil Nadu Ramanathapuram
Telangana Komaram Bheem Asifabad
Telangana Khammam
Telagana Jayashankar Bhoopalpalli
Tripura Dhalai
Uttar Pradesh Sonbhadra
Uttar Pradesh Siddharth Nagar
Uttar Pradesh Shravasti
Uttar Pradesh Fatehpur
Uttar Pradesh Chitrakoot
Uttar Pradesh Chandauli
Uttar Pradesh Balrampur
Uttar Pradesh Bahraich
Uttarakhand Udam Singh Nagar
Uttarakhand Haridwar
West Bengal Nadia
West Bengal Murshidabad
West Bengal Maldah
West Bengal Dinajpur Dakshin
West Bengal Birbhum
Andhra Pradesh Vizianagaram
Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatanam
Andhra Pradesh Cuddapah
Arunachal Pradesh Namsai
Assam Udalguri
Assam Hailakandi
Assam Goalpara
Assam Dhubri
Assam Darrang
Assam Barpeta
Assam Baksa
Bihar Sitamarhi
Bihar Sheikhpura
Bihar Purnia
Bihar Nawada
Bihar Muzaffarpur
Bihar Khagaria
Bihar Katihar
Bihar Jamui
Bihar Gaya
Bihar Begusarai
Bihar Banka
Bihar Auranagabad
Bihar Araria
Chhattisgarh Sukma
Chhattisgarh Rajnandagon
Chhattisgarh Narayanpur
Chhattisgarh Mahasamund
Chhattisgarh Korba
Chhattisgarh Kondagaon
Chhattisgarh Kanker
Chhattisgarh Dantewada
Chhattisgarh Bijapur
Chhattisgarh Bastar
Gujarat Narmada
Gujarat Dahod
Haryana Mewat
Himachal Pradesh Chamba
Jammu And Kashmir Kupwara
Jammu And Kashmir Baramulla
Jharkhand West Singhbhum
Jharkhand Simdega
Jharkhand Sahebganj
Jharkhand Ranchi
Jharkhand Ramgarh
Jharkhand Purbi Singhbhum
Jharkhand Palamu
Jharkhand Pakur
Jharkhand Lohardaga
Jharkhand Latehar
Jharkhand Khunti
Jharkhand Hazaribag
Jharkhand Gumla
Jharkhand Godda
Jharkhand Giridih
Jharkhand Garhwa
Jharkhand Dumka
Jharkhand Chatra
Jharkhand Bokaro
Karnataka Yadgir
Karnataka Raichur
Kerala Wayanad
Madhya Pradesh Vidisha
Madhya Pradesh Singrauli
Madhya Pradesh Rajgarh
Madhya Pradesh Khandwa
Madhya Pradesh Guna
Madhya Pradesh Damoh
Madhya Pradesh Chhatarpur
Madhya Pradesh Barwani
Maharashtra Washim
Maharashtra Osmanabad
Maharashtra Nandurbar
Maharashtra Gadchiroli
Manipur Chandel
Meghalaya Ri Bhoi
Mizoram Mamit
Nagaland Kiphire
Odisha Rayagada
Odisha Nuapada
Odisha Nabarangpur
Odisha Malkangiri
Odisha Koraput
Odisha Kandhamala
Odisha Kalahandi
Odisha Gajapati
Odisha Dhenkanal
Odisha Balangir
Punjab Moga
Punjab Firozepur
Rajasthan Sirohi
Rajasthan Karauli
Rajasthan Jaisalmer
Rajasthan Dholpur
Rajasthan Baran
Sikkim West District
Tamil Nadu Virudhunagar
Tamil Nadu Ramanathapuram
Telangana Komaram Bheem Asifabad
Telangana Khammam
Telagana Jayashankar Bhoopalpalli
Tripura Dhalai
Uttar Pradesh Sonbhadra
Uttar Pradesh Siddharth Nagar
Uttar Pradesh Shravasti
Uttar Pradesh Fatehpur
Uttar Pradesh Chitrakoot
Uttar Pradesh Chandauli
Uttar Pradesh Balrampur
Uttar Pradesh Bahraich
Uttarakhand Udam Singh Nagar
Uttarakhand Haridwar
West Bengal Nadia
West Bengal Murshidabad
West Bengal Maldah
West Bengal Dinajpur Dakshin
West Bengal Birbhum
Andhra Pradesh Vizianagaram
Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatanam
Andhra Pradesh Cuddapah
Arunachal Pradesh Namsai
Assam Udalguri
Assam Hailakandi
Assam Goalpara
Assam Dhubri
Assam Darrang
Assam Barpeta
Assam Baksa
Bihar Sitamarhi
Bihar Sheikhpura
Bihar Purnia
Bihar Nawada
Bihar Muzaffarpur
Bihar Khagaria
Bihar Katihar
Bihar Jamui
Bihar Gaya
Bihar Begusarai
Bihar Banka
Bihar Auranagabad
Bihar Araria
Chhattisgarh Sukma
Chhattisgarh Rajnandagon
Chhattisgarh Narayanpur
Chhattisgarh Mahasamund
Chhattisgarh Korba
Chhattisgarh Kondagaon
Chhattisgarh Kanker
Chhattisgarh Dantewada
Chhattisgarh Bijapur
Chhattisgarh Bastar
Gujarat Narmada
Gujarat Dahod
Haryana Mewat
Himachal Pradesh Chamba
Jammu And Kashmir Kupwara
Jammu And Kashmir Baramulla
Jharkhand West Singhbhum
Jharkhand Simdega
Jharkhand Sahebganj

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