A daylong workshop through video conference for implementation on grassroots level of Aspirational District

Gyalshing, 9 February (IPR): A daylong workshop through video conference for implementation on grassroots level of Aspirational District was held at National Informatics Centre, Rabdentse, today.

The conference was chaired by the CEO, NITI Aayog, Shri Amitabh Kant along with Secretaries from different Ministries/Departments, Government of India, DCs’ from one hundred and twelve districts of India.

The conference was participated by the District Collector West, Shri Karma R. Bonpo along with CMO West, Smt. Anusha Lama, SDM HQ, Shri Anant Jain and HODs’ from concerned departments.

The Government is committed to raising the living standards of it’s citizens and ensuring inclusive growth for all. To enable optimum utilization of their potential, this programme focuses closely on improving people’s ability to participate fully in the burgeoning economy.

Transformation of Aspirational Districts Programme aims to quickly and effectively transform districts. One hundred and twelve Aspirational Districts identified across twenty two States of India and West District of Sikkim is one of them.

CEO NITI Aayog, highlighted the well performing and not well performing districts in core areas of Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion and Skill Development among one hundred and twelve districts. He requested to catch up as soon as possible and asked to take care personally. He further requested all the Aspirational Districts to focus on indicators and stated that there is still need of progress and a lot of work to be done under Aspirational District.

He urged District team and Prabhari Officers to under take the task of short and long term plan and implement it which is implemented by the Central Ministries. He informed about the awards won by the districts based on their good performance and also the three hundred projects approved in fifty two districts based on their performance. He requested all the District Collectors to ensure that the district makes a huge difference and perform much better on core areas.

During the conference, different Ministries/Departments’s Secretaries presented the presentation on Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion and Skill Development.

Additional Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare focused on strengthening health services in Aspirational District, activities under health plan, transformation of all SCs and PHCs into Ayushman Bharat HWCs, institutionalizing Aspirational District school health ambassadors in all schools, strengthening of District Hospital by ensuring core services, Key Health Initiatives, HBNC/HBYC, provisions for Aspirational District under National Health Mission, Priority Actions.

Secretary, Department of Women and Child Development highlighted on POSHAN 2.0 and its challenges, POSHAN to meet SDGs, Eat Right Campaign, integrated nutrition support programme, integrated efforts for nutrition support strategies, POSHAN tracker, District support for mission SAKSHAM, District for POSHAN activities, nodal points for mission Kalpataru, District support for Mission Shakti: Development of Women, District Support for Mission VATSALYA.

Secretary, Department of Education focused on improvements over time, transition rate: primary to upper primary, transition rate: upper primary to secondary school level, female literacy rate (15+ age group), percentage of schools with functional drinking water facilities, functional electricity facilities at secondary level, percentage of elementary schools complying with RTE specified pupil teacher, providing textbooks to children within one month, mid day meal schemes.

Secretary, Department of Agriculture focused on Micro Irrigation, Beekeeping: National beekeeping and honey making mission, establishment of Custom Hiring Centre (CHC), soil testing, organic farming, seed village programme, PMFBY-Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Saturation of KCC (Kisan Credit Card), Distribution of pulses, CFLD for oilseeds, formation of Farmer Producer Organizations, PM Kisan Yojana.

Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying focused on KPIs covered under Aspirational District, Artificial Insemination coverage and pregnancies, Foot and mouth disease (FMP) vaccination, PPR vaccination, Kisan Credit Card, Progress under Aspirational District programme, highest and lowest performance of districts.

Secretary, Department of Financial Services focused on DFS intervention in Aspirational District, transformation in Aspirational District, banking infrastructure in Aspirational District, PMJDY accounts per lakh population, CASA Aadhaar seedings, PMSBY enrollment per lakh population, Loans sanctioned under MUDRA, APY subscription per lakh population, Targeted Financial Inclusion Intervention Programme (TFIIP).

Secretary, Department of Skill Development focused on summary of performance indicators at Aspirational District, key lessons from phase I (Gaps identified), progress on short term plan, progress on long term plan, expectations from District Collectors (making the District Skill Committees) fully functional.

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