Gujarat's Dahod tops NITI's Delta rankings


29 Jun 2018

Gujarat's Dahod tops NITI's Delta rankings on 'aspirational districts'

Gujarat's Dahod district topped the first Delta ranking released today by NITI Aayog that captures incremental improvements of aspirational districts on health, education and other development parameters.

Other districts that have shown marked improvement on five developmental parameters in the months of April and May 2018 are West Sikkim (Sikkim), Ramanathapuram (Tamil Nadu), Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh), and YSR Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh).


Asifabad (Telangana) jumped from 100th in March to 15th

NITI Aayog's first Delta ranking for the Aspirational Districts was based on self-reported data of districts between March 31, 2018 to May 31, 2018, across five developmental areas of health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources.

Asifabad (Telangana), which was ranked 100 in baseline ranking released in March this year, made significant improvements in past two-months and stood at 15 in Delta ranking.

Worst perfomers

Begusarai (Bihar), Kupwara (J&K) among worst performers

The worst performers are Kupwara (Jammu and Kashmir), Begusarai (Bihar), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Simdega (Jharkhand), Khagadia (Bihar), NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said today while releasing the first Delta ranking (incremental progress) for the aspirational districts.

The Transformation of Aspirational District's program was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi this year, aimed at effectively transforming some of the most underdeveloped districts of India.

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Only 108 out of 115 districts participated

Kant said that only 108 out of 115 aspirational districts participated in the first Delta ranking. While 3 districts of West Bengal did not participate, Odisha and Kerala sent their entries late and hence they could not be included in the ranking exercise.

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