PM launches Aspirational Block Programme aimed at spurring development parameters

Source: The post is based on the article PM launches Aspirational Block Programme aimed at spurring development parameterspublished in Indian Express on 8th January 2023

What is the News?

The Prime Minister has launched the Aspirational Block Programme (ABP).

What is the Aspirational Block Programme(ABP)?

The Aspirational Blocks Programme is on the lines of the Aspirational District Programme that was launched in 2018.

Aim: To improve the performance of blocks lagging on various development parameters. This will enable holistic development in those areas that require added assistance.

Coverage: The programme will cover 500 blocks across 31 states and Union Territories initially. Over half of these blocks are in 6 states—Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.

Ranking: NITI Aayog in partnership with the states will release a quarterly ranking of these blocks based on their performance on development indicators covering sectors such as health, education and nutrition among others.

What is the Aspirational District Programme?

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