Bhubaneswar: Gajapati district in Odisha has topped in the ranking of aspirational districts by government think tank Niti Aayog in December 2020. Koraput district is ranked 5th in the Top-5.
The other three are Raichur of Karnataka (2nd place), Dhalai of Tripura (3rd place) and Chamba of Himachal Pradesh (4th place).
The top five districts are laying foundation for social and economic transformation by investing in basic infrastructure.
The Delta Rankings took into account incremental progress made by over 112 aspirational districts across six developmental areas in December 2020.
Health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion, skill development and basic infrastructure were the development areas that were taken into consideration for the ranking.
Launched in January 2018, Aspirational districts programme aims to transform districts that have shown relatively lesser progress in key social areas and have emerged as pockets of under-development.