Aspirational Block Programme (ABP)

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    • The Prime Minister recently launched the government’s Aspirational Block Programme (ABP).

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    • The Programme aimed at improving performance of blocks lagging on various development parameters.
    • It was announced in the Union Budget 2022-23.
    • It will initially cover 500 districts across 31 states and Union Territories, with over half of these blocks located in six states – Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.
    • The ABP is based on the Aspirational District Programme (ADP).

    Aspirational District Programme (ADP)

    • The Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) was launched in 2018  which aims to quickly and effectively transform 112 most under-developed districts across the country. 
    • The broad contours of the programme are Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level Nodal Officers & District Collectors), and Competition among districts through monthly delta ranking; all driven by a mass movement.
    • With States as the main drivers, this program focuses on the strength of each district, identifying low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement and measuring progress by ranking districts on a monthly basis. 
    • The ranking is based on the incremental progress made across 49 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) under 5 broad socio-economic themes – Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development and Infrastructure. 
    • The Government is committed to raising the living standards of its citizens and ensuring inclusive growth for all – “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas”

    Source: IE