IGOT Karmayogi Platform Launches Aspirational Blocks Programme Module

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    Syllabus: GS2/ Governance, Government Policies & Intervention

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    • iGOT Karmayogi Bharat in partnership with NITI Aayog, has launched a new learning module dedicated to the Aspirational Blocks Programme (ABP).
      • iGOT Karmayogi Bharat  is a comprehensive online platform to guide individual civil service officials in their capacity building journey. 

    About

    • The curated module, now accessible on the iGOT Karmayogi platform, comprises ten comprehensive courses tailored to meet the specific needs of Block officials.
    • These courses cover a wide range of subjects, including time management, communication for citizen-centricity, leadership, sustainable development goals, problem-solving, self-leadership, stress management, yoga at the workplace, and team building.

    Significance

    • It will enhance the functional, domain, and behavioral competencies of 5000 Block-level officials. 
    • By equipping them with the necessary tools, this initiative intends to improve their effectiveness in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities.

    Aspirational Blocks Programme

    • NITI Aayog has launched the Aspirational Blocks Programme, building on the success of the Aspirational Districts Programme.
    • The Programme is aimed at improving the performance of areas that are lagging on various development parameters. It was announced in the Union Budget 2022-23.

    Aspirational District Programme

    • Launched in January 2018, it 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.
    National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)

    – It was set up in 2015 to replace the Planning Commission.
    – It is an Executive Body (acts as a think tank and advisory body)
    Objective: To foster the spirit of Cooperative and Competitive federalism through structured support initiatives on a continuous basis.
    Full-time organizational framework:
    1. Prime Minister as the Chairperson
    2. Vice-Chairperson (appointed by the Prime Minister)
    3. Members:
    1. Full-time
    2. Part-time members on a rotational basis: Maximum of 2 members from foremost universities, leading research organizations, and other innovative organizations in an ex-officio capacity.

    Ex Officio members: Maximum of 4 members of the Council of Ministers which is to be nominated by the Prime Minister.
    Chief Executive Officer: The CEO will be appointed by the PM for a fixed tenure. He will be in the rank of Secretary to the Government of India.

    Key Initiatives and Recent Achievements:
    1. Aspirational Districts Scheme.
    2. 3 Documents: 3-year action agenda, 7-year medium-term strategy paper and 15-year vision document.
    3. Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) programme in India
    4. Promoted Zero Budget Natural Farming.
    5. Promoting ‘Bhartiya Prakritik Krishi Paddhati’ programme under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY).
    6. Village Storage Scheme

    Source: PIB