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As many as 7 districts of Uttar Pradesh have found a place in the top 10 best-performing aspirational districts in the 'delta ranking' released by NITI Aayog for the month of August 2021.
As many as 112 districts across the country have been included in the NITI Aayog's 'Transformation of Aspirational Districts' Programme which is assessed based on incremental progress made across 49 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) under 5 broad socio-economic themes - health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion and skill development and infrastructure.
The districts namely, Siddhartha Nagar, Bahraich, Sonbhadra, Shravasti, Fatehpur, Chitrakoot and Chandauli have been placed in the top-10 districts.
The ranking was released by NITI Aayog through its real-time monitoring dashboard.
The delta ranking signifies the efforts undertaken by the state government and the respective district magistrates to develop and improve the under-developed districts.
Fatehpur, working on the set standards of NITI Aayog, has achieved second place in the field of development in the whole country, followed by Siddhartha Nagar at the third place, Sonbhadra at fourth, Chitrakoot at fifth, Bahraich at seventh, Shravasti at eighth and Chandauli at ninth position.
Among the aspirational districts of Uttar Pradesh, Chitrakoot and Bahraich have excelled on the standards of NITI Aayog.
As a result, the NITI Aayog has allocated an additional budget to these districts for development works.
It is worth mentioning here that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Aspirational Districts Programme in January 2018 as part of the government's effort to raise the living standards of its citizens and ensure inclusive growth for all, 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas'. The programme aims at the development of backward districts.
The ranking of aspirational districts is done every month. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: NITI Aayog, India, Cities, Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi.
Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), government think-tank Niti Aayog and SAP Labs India on Wednesday said they have strengthened partnership to promote digital literacy, innovation, and entrepreneurship in India.
As part of the collaboration, business software solution major SAP will conduct Training of Trainers (ToT) for around 500 teachers in the next three years.
The Atal Innovation Mission is the Union government’s flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.
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SAP aims to adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Laboratories and impart digital education to 30,000 students from the states of North-East, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka.
“Promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), education and digital skills among school children will enable inclusive and equitable growth in the society,” said Sindhu Gangadharan, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, SAP Labs India.
“With the adoption of 100 ATL’s in the next three years, SAP will equip young talent with advanced digital skills, experiential STEM education, and expertise to drive socio-economically relevant innovation at a young age. We aim to strengthen and catalyze the incubator and startup ecosystem significantly.”
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Through this partnership, SAP and Atal Innovation aim to facilitate coaching and mentoring students in advanced technology topics like electronics, mechatronics, Internet of Things, digital skills, and coding, which allows them to gain hands-on experience.
The partnership also aims to augment incubation centers, enhance the capacity development, provide acceleration support to the youth entrepreneurs, provide mentoring support to startups, ideas, or incubation, and facilitate pilots with the youth-led startups.
SAP said it will create a platform for the existing 68 Atal Incubation Centers (AICs) across India.
Since its partnership in 2018, SAP has already adopted 49 Atal Tinkering Laboratories to promote STEM education to around 9,700 secondary school children across India. (IANS)
Post-Covid complications, like respiratory symptoms and an immunological response in children, are a “new dimension” and people have to be aware of them, a top official dealing with the pandemic said on Tuesday.
The caution comes as Union Home Minister Amit Shah was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Tuesday after he complained of fatigue and body ache — four days after he tested negative for coronavirus.
Addressing a press briefing, Niti Aayog member and head of the national task force on Covid-19, V.K. Paul said: “Post-Covid sub-acute morbidities are a new dimension. Scientific and medical communities are keeping an eye on it. These things are happening to an extent. We will have to be aware that there may be some impact later too.”
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Meanwhile, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan called the coronavirus situation in the country “reassuring”, with the daily infection rate, as well as the fatality rate, having shown a downward trend in the last five days.
“In the context of pandemic, this is a short time, but we must be satisfied that the results are showing. Both the parameters show a satisfactory situation but there is no reason for us to slacken our guard. We must be alert,”
Alluding to vaccine development in the country, they said that one of the three vaccine candidates would enter the third phase of the pre-clinical human trials by Wednesday. However, they did not reveal the names of the vaccine.
India has currently three vaccine candidates for Covid-19 — ChAdOx1, developed by Oxford University and manufactured jointly by the Serum Institute of India, Pune and AstraZeneca; Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, jointly developed with the Indian Council of Medical Research; and Zycov D by Zydus Cadila.
Paul refused to divulge the date of completion of vaccine development and issued a word of caution by asking people not to assume that any vaccine which is going for trial will be successful.
The announcement of status on the vaccine comes a day after the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration met five domestic Covid vaccine manufacturers on Monday to review the clinical trial stages of these vaccine candidates. The manufacturers included two whose products are not yet in the clinical trial stages in India.
“We spoke to vaccine manufactures and requested them to provide more clear cut data, information on their individual capacity and how they will pan out on time. We asked them how they can ramp up the capacity. This is a dialogue in motion. India has huge potential and capacity,”
Besides this, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare divulged that India had exported 23 lakh PPE kits in July and 15.7 lakh in August to countries like the UK, the US, the United Arab Emirates, Slovenia and Senegal.
India’s coronavirus tally crossed the 27 lakh mark on Tuesday with 55,079 fresh cases in 24 hours, while the toll climbed to 51,797 with 876 more fatalities. The recovered patients are 2.93 times the active ones.
Only 25 per cent of the total cases are active. Death rate stands at 1.92 per cent, while the recovery rate is at 73.18 percent.
“Number of Covid-19 tests per day has gone up to nine lakh per day which is remarkable. Testing is the key to disease containment and reducing mortality and improving outcomes,” Paul said, cautioning people not to be lax as the challenge has not subsided. (IANS)
A report by the Niti Aayog has admitted that India’s health system is underperforming and lagging behind many comparable countries in key performance indicators.
NITI Aayog on Monday released a report titled ‘Health Systems for a New India: Building Blocks — Potential Pathways to Reforms’.
“Severe fragmentation, compounded by market failures and governance challenges, is the key driver of India’s underperforming health system,” the report said, pointing to the fragmentation of health services as a major challenge.
Niti Aayog said the report charts a clear roadmap for the complete transformation of India’s health system. It focuses on breaking silos in the health space and removing fragmentation between various initiatives, ensuring greater convergence between ministries as well as the Centre and the states, as already initiated under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
The report identified five focus areas of future health system — deliver on unfinished public health agenda, change health financing away from out of pocket so spend into large insurers, integrate service delivery vertically and horizontally, empower citizens to become better buyers of health, and harness the power of digital health.
“At the systems level, overcoming the challenges of fragmentation across healthcare financing and service delivery will help us optimise both quality and access. India now needs to build on its many opportunities to achieve further progress on the health of its citizens and respond to the growing aspirations and needs of a new India,” said Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.
The report noted that health financing is fragmented at all three levels — revenue sources, health insurance (financial risk pooling), and strategic purchasing (how funds are used to set incentives for service providers to maximise efficiency, responsiveness and quality in the health service provider market).
There are high levels of fragmentation in the sources of revenues, with most health expenditure (about 62 per cent) coming directly from households.
Currently the government (Union and the states put together) spends roughly 1.13 per cent of GDP on health, which is grossly inadequate compared to similar spending by other countries.
As a result, 62 per cent of healthcare spending is financed by households through out-of-pocket expenditure at the point of care.
Lauding the significant improvements made in India’s health sector, Bill Gates, co-chairman of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said that primary healthcare is extremely important for all. India is in a very hopeful situation, he said, and is set to be an example for other countries. (IANS)