One of the major anomalies around development of regions in the country is lack of effective convergence between various Central and State government schemes. How the recent initiative of designating "Prabhari Officers" for 115 most backward districts addresses this anomaly? Discuss elucidating the contours of government's plan.

Though the Indian economy is poised on a high growth trajectory, there are pockets of underdevelopment in the country that impose a major governance challenge. There is an urgent need to raise the level of socio-economic development of these backward areas to bring about balanced and inclusive growth in economy
To counter this anomalies centre has started an initiative designating prabhari officers for 115 most backward districts
The identification of this districts has been made on four broad parameters — poverty, health, education and infrastructure.
district collectors will be chief executors coordinate with centre appointed additional secretary or joint secretary known as “prabhari” working in collaborative manner with the states and district teams to achieve convergence between various centre and state government schemes
The 115 backward districts identified by the government include Naxal-hit Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Banka, Nawada, Jamui and Aurangabad (all in Bihar), Koraput and Malkangiri (in Odisha), Khammam (Telangana), Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) and Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).
Besides, several districts in Jharkhand,bihar,chattisgarh,madhypradesh,odissa.
“States are expected to be the main drivers of this programme and the role of government of India would be largely facilitative
The district magistrate will be the fulcrum of this programme, leading the transformation process from the front.Since the strategy would include setting targets for various indicators to be achieved year wise upto 2022 with appropriate district action plan.

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One of the major anomalies around development of regions in the country is lack of effective convergence between various Central and State government schemes. How the recent initiative of designating "Prabhari Officers" for 115 most backward districts addresses this anomaly? Discuss elucidating the contours of government's plan. [Financial Express]

Published: December 26, 2017 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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