UNDP report on Aspirational Districts Programme

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India has released an independent report and lauded Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) as ‘a successful model of local area development’.

Key findings of report

  • As per the report, ADP should serve as a best practice for other countries where regional disparities are persisting with respect to development.
  • Report highlights, ADP has made concerted efforts due to which neglected districts in remote locations and those districts affected by Left Wing Extremism are on positive trajectory of growth with more growth and development in last three years.
  • Health & nutrition, education, and agriculture & water resources have registered massive improvements.

UNDP on health & nutrition and financial inclusion

As per the report, more than 9.6% home deliveries are attended by skilled birth attendant. About 5.8% more pregnant women with severe anaemia, and 4.8% children diagnosed with diarrhoea are treated. In the first trimester, 4.5% pregnant women register for antenatal care. Under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, about 1580 accounts opened per 1 lakh population. UNDP found ‘Malaria Mukt Bastar Abhiyaan’ in Bijapur and Dantewada as one of the best practices in ADP. This abhiyaan has reduced malaria incidences by 71% and 54% in two districts respectively.

Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP)

ADP was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2018. It is a part of government’s effort to raise living standards of its citizens and ensure inclusive growth for all under his vision of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’.

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