Ambitious district agenda, shining example of cooperative federalism: Jitendra Singh

The ambitious district program (ADP) has become a shining example of competitive and cooperative federalism, said Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2018, the ADP aims to localize the Sustainable Development Goals, leading to the progress of the nation, said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel.

In a statement released by the ministry here on Saturday, Singh said the aspirational district concept is based on objective parameters and the program is scientifically designed with an assessment based on some key indices.

As a result, 112 districts have been identified across the country for special attention to bring about the transformation, Singh said, while reviewing the progress of works underway in Sitamarhi district of Bihar on Friday evening as part of of the ADP.

Sitamarhi is one of the 13 aspirational districts of Bihar.

Singh said the ADP has become a shining example of competitive and cooperative federalism, where districts are pushed and encouraged to first catch up with the best district in their state and then aspire to become one of the best in the country by competing and learning. others, according to the statement.

He said that the outlines of the program are the convergence of central and state programs, a collaboration of “prabhari” officers and district collectors at central and state level, and competition between districts through ranking. monthly delta; all driven by a mass movement.

Regarding the work carried out in Sitamarhi under the ADP, Singh noted with satisfaction that it has made considerable progress on various socio-economic indicators and that the district is one of the best performers in the State as part of the education program.

In the area of ​​education, the district has worked to improve the “student-teacher ratio in elementary schools from 16% to 35% over the past four years, indicating improved governance and strengthening of capabilities,” the statement said.

Sitamarhi is also approaching saturation of indicators related to school infrastructure and has also initiated innovative best practices such as the initiation of modern libraries, starting a mass movement to have wholehearted participation of students, teachers and parents, who can be replicated in other districts, he said. .

Singh received a detailed presentation from District Magistrate Sunil Kumar Yadav and briefed him on the progress made in key indicators related to the health of pregnant women and child nutrition which address issues such as maternal mortality ratio ( MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR).

The district has shown good improvement in indicators such as “percentage of institutional deliveries”, “percentage of fully immunized children and “percentage of children under 6 years old who are underweight”, indicates the communicated.

The minister ordered the officers concerned to work with the utmost dedication in order to be among the best in the ranks of the program.

The District Magistrate informed that based on the good work done in ‘Agriculture and Water Resources’ on ADP indicators, Sitamarhi was awarded five projects with an estimated cost of Rs 302.69 lakh on March 22 2022, including the establishment of a mushroom spawn production unit and the establishment of a customized agricultural machinery rental center for agricultural mechanization purposes in Sitamarhi, he said.

Referring to the prime minister’s particular emphasis on financial inclusion, Singh urged officials to work hard and strive to saturate financial inclusion, i.e. “the number of accounts Jan Dhan open” and, in terms of health, the “percentage of fully immunized children (9-11 months).

The district also needs to improve the quality of reported administrative data, the minister added.

The Center has asked Union Ministers to visit different aspirational districts for a formal assessment of the initiative’s field-level evaluation.

The outlines of the program include convergence, collaboration and competition between districts through a monthly delta ranking, all driven by mass movement.

With states as the primary drivers, this program focuses on the strength of each district, identifying low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement and measuring progress by ranking districts on a monthly basis.

The ranking is based on incremental progress made on 49 key performance indicators (KPIs) under five broad socio-economic themes – health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion, and skills development and infrastructure.

Ambitious District Delta Rankings and performance for all Districts are available on the Change Champions Dashboard, the statement said.

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Virginia S. Braud