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Three districts of Odisha ranked in top 20 in Performance Ranking

Bhubaneswar: 13/6/21:    Three districts of Odisha have excelled in Aspirational Districts rankings of India by NITI Aayog & UNDP India. Nabarangpur occupied 13th Rank, Rayagada 16th Rank, and Koraput 17th Rank) in the Performance Ranking of 112 Aspirational Districts of India by NITI Aayog & UNDP based on change in net resilience from March 2018 to March 2020.

The other Odisha Districts – Malkangiri (Rank-103), Nuapada (Rank-76), Balangir (Rank-75), Kalahandi (Rank-63), Kandhamal (Rank-58), Gajapati (Rank-46), Dhenkanal (Rank-32) among 112 Aspirational Districts need to work hard and improve in the Ranking next year.


The districts were evaluated on the following Sectors: Health & Nutrition – 30% (31 points); Education – 30% (14 points); Agriculture & Water Resources – 20% (12 points); Financial Inclusion & Skill Development – 10% (16); Basic Infrastructure – 10% (8 points).

Malkangiri (Odisha) has improved its roadways and infrastructure projects as an attempt to reduce LWE activities. The district officials of remote areas suggested that basic infrastructure is a priority as it is essential for improving connectivity in their districts.

According to the report, the districts have also admitted that the continued focus of the programme on health and nutrition has helped them in tackling the Covid crisis with greater resilience. For instance, ‘Malkangiri district in Odisha, which is located in close proximity to both neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, became an entry point for several migrant workers returning back to the state during the initial phase of lockdown. The district officials claimed to have used their new infrastructure to serve as institutional quarantine centres for migrants.’

Monitoring real-time data, convergence across government programmes and schemes and receiving the benefits of the Aspirational Districts Programme by substantial margins have been credited as the reasons behind the success of the initiative.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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