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Cabinet Secretary reviews progress of transformation of 115 Aspirational Districts

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New Delhi, March 9, 2018

Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha chaired a meeting here yesterday to review the progress of the transformation of 115 Aspirational Districts. 
The meeting was attended by the Prabhari Officers, the officer in-charge coordinating the exercise for transformation of 115 Aspirational Districts along with the Secretaries and representatives from 12 Union Ministries.
In his remarks, Mr. Sinha called upon the Prabhari Officers to be the catalysts of change for all round development of the Aspirational Districts. He underlined the need to come out with innovative ways to address the issues in these districts. 
The Cabinet Secretary emphasized that NITI Aayog will be undertaking overall co-ordination of the exercise and that there is need to set up an institutional mechanism for oversight and faster implementation of schemes in the Aspirational Districts.
NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant outlined the priorities, challenges and the road ahead for the aspirational districts. He urged the officials to work in close coo-ordination with the state Government and evolve mechanisms for effective implementation of Government programs in a time bound manner.
Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said that the ministry will share health indicators and HMIS data so that the progress of health and nutrition related schemes in the identified districts can be monitored properly. She underlined the importance of convergence of the the efforts of ASHA, ANM and Anganwadi workers.
Secretary, Rural Development, Amarjeet Sinha said the social capital can make a remarkable difference given the fact that 8603 Gram Panchayats are covered in the Aspirational Districts. He underlined the need to expand the Self Help Groups in these districts for a better outcome.
Secretary, School Education, Anil Swaroop, Secretary Skill Development, Dr. K. P. Krishnan, Secretary Tribal Affairs, Secretary Power along with senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Agriculture, Water Resources, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Women and Child Development, Department of Financial Services addressed the gathering.
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