NITI Aayog releases the 1st Delta Ranking of ABP

  • Tiriyani Block of Kumuram Bheem Asifabad district, Telangana secured the top position in the first delta rankings of Aspirational Blocks Programme (ABP) announced by NITI Aayog.
  • The second position was bagged by the Kaushambi block of Kaushambi District, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The rankings were announced in a virtual event at NITI Aayog which saw participation of 329 districts and 500 aspirational blocks.
  • Calculated based on the performance of blocks and progress achieved in the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in June 2023.
  • Ranking the blocks based on KPIs is a core strategy of the Programme based on the spirit of competitive and cooperative federalism.
  • This is the first time that the ranking of blocks has been calculated as part of the Aspirational Blocks Programme.
  • The ADP (Aspirational Districts Programme) rankings were also announced for October 2023 which saw Rayagada (Odisha) and Jamui (Bihar) achieving the first and second ranks respectively.

Wall of Fame:

  • The top rankers of ABP and ADP will be displayed on the Wall Fall made at NITI Aayog.
  • It will showcase the endeavours and projects undertaken by the Aspirational Blocks and Districts to improve their indicators and hence achieve appreciable progress.
  • The Wall of Fame will also showcase the story of the social impact created by the Aspirational Blocks Programme and Aspirational Districts Programme in empowering, uplifting, and transforming lives.

Division of Blocks:

  • Divided into six zones and two blocks from each zone
  • The winners will be felicitated with a prize amount of Rs. 1.5 crores for top rank and Rs. 1 crores for second rank in all zonal categories.

Zone 1:

  • Hilly and North-eastern States as well as Islands → first and second position went to Amri block, West Karbi Anglong, Assam and Ngopa block, Saitual, Mizoram.

Zone 2:

  • Northern Indian states → Harraiya block, Basti, Uttar Pradesh and Virno block, Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh.

Zone 3:

  • Southern states → Maski block, Raichur, Karnataka and Narnoor, Adilabad, Telangana. 

Zone 4:

  • Western Indian states → Sironcha and Aheri blocks in Gadhichiroli district, Maharashtra.

Zone 5:

  • Central India → Tirla block of Dhar district and Pati block of Barwani District, both in Madhya Pradesh.

Zone 6:

  • Eastern India → Andar, Siwan, Bihar and Ramgarh in Dumka, Jharkhand

Aspirational Blocks Programme (ABP):

  • Launched on January 7, 2023.
  • Focuses on improving governance to enhance the quality of life of citizens in the most difficult and relatively underdeveloped blocks of India.
  • 500 blocks from 329 districts across 27 states and 4 Union Territories of India are part of the programme.
  • The strategy is based on the convergence of existing schemes, defining outcomes, and monitoring them constantly.

Choosing Factors:

  • 40 key performance indicators were chosen to measure the progress of the blocks which have been grouped into 5 themes.
  • The baseline data of 31 March 2023 and the first quarter on 30 June 2023 of 500 Aspirational Blocks was sourced through the Management Information System of 11 ministries.
  • The 1st Delta rank has been calculated based on improvements made in the first quarter.
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