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Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan’ has been launched by NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation.
About Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan:
- Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan has been launched in 112 aspirational districts.
- Aim: To assist district administrations in providing home-care support to COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
- Features of the initiative:
- Firstly, the initiative will be led by district magistrates in partnership with local NGOs.
- Secondly, the NGOs will help mobilise local volunteers. They shall be trained so that they can provide support to affected families by educating them to follow Covid-19 protocols. They shall also be trained to provide psycho-social support and timely updates about patients to the administration.
- Thirdly, local leaders, civil societies and volunteers will also work with district administrations to address emerging problems across key focus areas of the Aspirational Districts Programme.
- Significance of the campaign: The Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan campaign is expected to contribute to district preparedness for managing nearly 70% of COVID cases at home. Hence, it shall reduce pressure on the healthcare system and curbing the spread of fear among the people.
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About Transformation of Aspirational Districts programme (TADP):
- The TADP programme was launched in 2018. It is coordinated by Niti Aayog with support from Central Ministries and the State Governments.
- Aim: To quickly and effectively transform underdeveloped districts. This will be done by focusing on the strength of each district, identifying easily achievable areas for immediate improvement, measuring progress and then ranking them.
- Features: it is based on three broad principles:
- Convergence (of Central & State Schemes),
- Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors), and
- Competition among districts driven by a mass Movement.
- Themes: The programme focuses on 5 main themes:
- Agriculture & Water Resources
- Financial Inclusion & Skill Development
- Basic Infrastructure.
- Ranking: Each district is ranked based on 49 performance indicators identified across the above 5 core themes. The main objective of the rankings is to measure progress and rank districts to spur a sense of competition among states.
Source: The Hindu