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Aspirational Block Programme

Aspirational Block Programme:

The Prime Minister of India launched the Aspirational Block Programme at the second National Conference of Chief Secretaries in Delhi.

  • The Aspirational Blocks Programme is on the lines of the Aspirational District Programme that was launched in 2018 and covers 112 districts across the country.
  • This new programme is aimed at improving performance of blocks lagging on various development parameters.
  • This will enable holistic development in those areas that require added assistance.
  • The programme will cover 500 districts across 31 states and Union Territories initially.
  • Over half of these blocks are in 6 states—Uttar Pradesh (68 blocks), Bihar (61), Madhya Pradesh (42), Jharkhand (34), Odisha (29) and West Bengal (29).

Aspirational Districts Programme:

  • It was launched in 2018 and aims to transform districts that have shown relatively lesser progress in key social areas.
    3C Strategy: The broad contours of the programme

    • Convergence (of Central & State Schemes)
    • Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors)
    • Competition (among districts driven by a Mass Movement )
  • The ranking is based on the incremental progress made across 49 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).