Senior Officers Made In-Charge To Turn Around 115 Backward Districts
Senior officials in the Indian Administrative Services have been roped in as in-charge for the rapid transformation of 115 backward districts across the country, an official order issued by the personnel ministry says.
Officials of the additional-and joint-secretary rank will coordinate the efforts of the Centre and states by addressing specific developmental needs of these districts. The move is in consonance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of a 'New India' by 2022.
"The prabhari (in-charge) officers will work in a collaborative manner with the state and district teams to achieve effective convergence between various Central and state government programmes. Steps are also being taken to establish a comprehensive database and an efficient feedback mechanism," states the order issued on November 20.
The 115 backward districts identified by the government include Naxal-hit Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Banka, Nawada, Jamui and Aurangabad (all in Bihar), Koraput and Malkangiri (in Odisha), Khammam (Telangana), Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) and Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). Besides, several districts in Jharkhand, including Paschimi Singhbhoom, Purbi Singhboom, Bokaro, Ranchi and Latehar, as well as Chhattisgarh's Bastar, Kanker, Sukma, Dantewada, Kondagaon Narayanpur and Bijapur have also been identified as backward.
The areas have been ranked on the basis of the status of poverty, health, education and infrastructure.
Niti Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant had earlier written to the chief secretaries of the states concerned to designate senior officers to act as a bridge between the Centre and the district.
"Though the Indian economy is poised on a high growth trajectory, there are pockets of underdevelopment in the country that impose a major governance challenge. There is an urgent need to raise the level of socio-economic development of these backward areas to bring about balanced and inclusive growth in the economy," he wrote.
With inputs from Housing News