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Aspirational Districts Ranking: Niti Aayog ranks Kup, B’la among top dists in India

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New Delhi, Dec 27: The border district of Kupwara in north Kashmir has emerged among the top seven districts across India for having achieved the distinction of making remarkable progress in various developmental parameters under the Aspirational Districts Programme during past 5 months.

As per the Second Delta Ranking released by the NITI Aayog Thursday, Kupwara has made a quantum jump from 108thslot in the first delta ranking released in June 2018 to 7th slot in the latest ranking achieving noticeable improvement on various parameters between June 2018 and October 2018.

The ranking is based on the incremental progress made by the Aspirational Districts between June 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018, across six developmental indicators of Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion, Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure.

 

“We have constantly endeavored to ensure transparent, real-time measurement of qualitative development in Aspirational Districts through the use of third-party validated data. This will strengthen the spirit of competitive and cooperative federalism on the foundations of evidence-based policy making,” said Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog while releasing the Second Delta Ranking.

The districts which have shown great initiative and displayed a qualitative jump in their scores during this period, have been dubbed as ‘Fast Movers’ by NITI Aayog and Kupwara has achieved the distinction of joining the league.

Baramulla, another Aspirational District in north Kashmir, has also improved its ranking from 55 to 30 in the latest rankings released by NITI Aayog.

On the specific parameter of Financial Inclusion, Kupwara and Baramulla have bagged the 1st and 2ndranking respectively across the country and in Skill Development Baramulla has walked away with 5th rank among 111 aspirational districts.

According to NITI Aayog, the rankings for the first time factored in validated data from Household Surveys conducted by NITI Aayog’s knowledge partners, TATA Trust and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The surveys were carried out in all Aspirational Districts during the month of June 2018 covering more than 1,00,000 households. These surveys were used to validate critical data-points and provide inputs for nine further data-points for which district-level data is not readily available at regular intervals.

The delta ranking of the Aspirational Districts combines the innovative use of data science with pragmatic administration, keeping the district at the locus of inclusive development. “This positioning is expected to aid the District Development Commissioners to focus more on these sectors and improve their ranking in future,” Kant said.

‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme was launched by the Prime Minister in January this year, to quickly and effectively transform some of the most underdeveloped districts of the country.

The broad contours of the programme include Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors), and Competition among districts driven by a Mass Movement or a Jan Andolan. With States as the main drivers, the program focusses on the strength of each district, identify low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measure progress, and rank districts.

After several rounds of consultations with various stakeholders, 49 key performance indicators have been chosen to measure progress of the districts. Districts are prodded and encouraged to first catch-up with the best district within their state, and subsequently aspire to become one of the best in the country, by competing with, and learning from others in the spirit of competitive & cooperative federalism.

 

 


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People have lost faith in PDP: NC

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Bejbehara, April 18: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday said that people of Kashmir have lost faith in PDP saying that the people would never forgive Mufti’s for betraying and berating their verdict in 2014 by forging alliance with BJP-RSS.

Addressing an election campaign rally at Bijbehara, party’s senior leader Muhammad Akbar Lone said that there is no sympathy for Mehbooba Mufti on ground and that the people of Bijbehara will not forgive her for unleashing torments on the people particularly the people of Bijbehara, who had reposed faith in her during 2014 elections.

“Today she is again coming forth with the same set of promises she made while canvassing for assembly elections in 2014. However what followed is an open secret, it cannot be articulated in words, there aren’t any alphabets that can reveal the massive pain the people of Kashmir particularly the people of south Kashmir are going through,” he said.

 

“When enjoying the benefits of power, she had bolted her mouth. People who had voted for her were dejected by her changed outlook. People still remember how sordidly she mocked the death and misery of hundreds of families who had to shoulder the coffins of their beloved, with her ‘milk and toffee’ remarks. People remember how appallingly she had asserted that the guns of security forces aren’t for display but action. She shamelessly stuck to her chair when the youth who had voted for her were being fired upon. She didn’t have the gumption to bid good bye to BJP when scores of our youth, and elderly were being blinded and maimed. On the contrary she barefacedly presided over the relentless miseries of people. How can people forget her treachery and political duplicity? People across the state particularly in Kashmir are bidding goodbye to the PDP’s brand of politics, which is based on duplicity, crude lies and political Shenanigans. Mehbooba is herself admitting the fact that people of the state, in particular her workers are disgruntled with her.PDP is a spent force, it never was any; the edifice of PDP has stumbled down under the weight of its own deceit and falsehood,” he said.

Party’s South Zone President Dr. Bashir Ahmad Veeri, while addressing the public meet, said, “Today we see Mehbooba Ji taking pledges for the protection of state’s special status. How can she assume that she can fool people all the time? If she thinks on these lines then she is surely living in a fool’s paradise, people who come to spend time at the Dara Shikoh Park don’t veer around her late father’s tomb, the reason we all know is the doomed embrace of Mufti’s with BJP-RSS. When Mehbooba Ji was told to bow down by BJP, she crawled before them. There is nothing which suggests that she won’t join hands with the BJP in the future also.

He further added, “PDP is still in a tacit alliance with BJP; the way PDP supported BJP’s candidate for the post of deputy chairman of Lokh Sabha reveals it all. Nonetheless, how can she protect the sanctity of our flag now when she couldn’t stand for the interests of Kashmir when in government with BJP? On the contrary, it was she who allowed the implementation of SARFAESI, and NFSA in J&K. what was left of our autonomy; Mufti’s took it upon them to obliterate it. How can she protect it now?”

The leaders who addressed the public meet sought huge winning margin for party’s Anantnag parliamentary constituency candidate Retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi. The leaders said that Masoodi has been known for his pronounced judgments on the special status of J&K. They said that he is the best person to voice for state’s interests both inside and outside parliament.

Among others retired Justice Hasnain Masooodi, Peer Muhammad Hussnain also addressed the public meet and impressed upon the people to rally round the flag of National Conference.

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Vote for strong candidate: Altaf Bukhari to electorate

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Srinagar, April 18: Former finance minister Altaf Bukhari Thursday said it was time to rise above the party system and vote for a strong candidate who can talk about Kashmir issue in the parliament of India.

Hinting that he has voted for National Conference candidate Farooq Abdullah, Bukhari said Farooq Abdullah is a strong candidate among all the people who were in election fray for the Srinagar parliamentary seat.

Bukhari while talking to reporters after casting his vote, said the attacks on the special identity of Jammu and Kashmir need to be defended and only a person like Farooq Abdullah can do that in the parliament.

 

“I feel we need to send a strong leader to the parliament. We need to send those leaders to the parliament who can make a strong stand for Kashmir cause,” Bukhari said.

Admitting that the previous government in which he was a strong minister holding the portfolio of education and later on finance, failed to respect the aspirations of the people, Bukhari said youth who are on the streets pelting stones, it is always a responsibility of the government to make atmosphere conducive and restore normalcy which the previous government completely failed.

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Whatever Sher-e-Kashmir had achieved, we are losing it in small issues: Khalida Shah

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Srinagar, April 18: Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference (ANC) President Begum Khalida Shah on Thursday said whatever Sher-e-Kashmir had achieved, we are losing it in small scuffles and issues.

Talking to reporters after carting her vote, Khalida Shah appealed people across Jammu and Kashmir to keep differences at bay and be united to fight their rights.

She added that State was ruined politically, saying it will be unfortunate in case people will not accept the reality on ground.

 

Khalida Shah further stated that people want their rights nothing else but “we should get united so that someone can help use in rescuing from the prevailing situation.”

She said that “there was a need to strengthen ourselves on ground. It is better to work for it. We have not achieved anything but whatever Sher-e-Kashmir had achieved, we were even losing that in small scuffles and issues.”

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