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.