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Transformation of Aspirational Districts Programme

India is on a high growth trajectory that is expected to lift millions out of poverty. However, presently the quality of life of many of its citizens is not consistent with this growth story, a fact reflected in UNDP’s 2016 Human Development Index wherein India ranked 131 out of 188 countries. A closer look at the data reveals high heterogeneity in the living standards in India. There are significant inter-state and inter-district variations. By uplifting the districts which have shown relatively lesser progress in achieving key social outcome, India can move ahead in the human development index. The ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ initiative aims to remove this heterogeneity through a mass movement to quickly and effectively transform these districts. …Read more

On the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement on 9th August 2017, Hon’ble Prime Minister interacted with the District Collectors through video conference and stated that “when the socioeconomic conditions improve in the 100 most backward districts, it would give a big boost to overall development of the country”. Launching this programme in January, the Prime Minister addressed the Collectors of all aspirational districts and gave a call for a concerted effort to turn these districts around.Read less

Transformation of Aspirational District Programme (TADP)

“Quickly and effectively transform identified districts through Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors), and Competition (among districts) driven by a mass Movement”

Ministry of Home Affairs and Tata Trusts Partnership

Tata Trusts is partnering with the government in the Transformation of Aspirational Districts Programme. As part of this, a partnership has been agreed with Ministry of Home Affairs to provide professional support and other relevant resources at National,State and District level, which would support the government…Read more in improving the performance of the identified 35 districts on 49 indicators spanning across health & nutrition, education, agriculture & water resources, financial inclusion & skilling and basic infrastructure. Tata Trusts have established LWE- Aspirational District Resource Centre (LWRC) at the Ministry of Home Affairs and similar centres in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. At the district level, Tata Trusts is placing young professionals as Aspirational District Fellows.Read less

The TADP Strategy

The broad contours of the programme are Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors), and Competition among districts driven by a spirit of mass Movement.…Read more With States as the main drivers, this program will focus on the strength of each district, identify low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measure progress, and rank districts. Districts are aspiring to first catch-up with the best district within their State, and subsequently aspire to become one of the best in the country, by competing with, and learning from others in the spirit of competitive & cooperative federalism Read less

TADP Focus Area

Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure are this programme’s core areas of focus.

Key performance indicators have been chosen to measure the progress of the districts.

The weightage of core Thematic Areas


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Aspirational District Fellowship

Aspirational District Fellowship has been jointly conceptualized to provide dedicated professional support to District Administration, especially, to help the administration in effective planning, implementation and monitoring of initiatives under Transformation of Aspirational Districts Programme. …Read more

The Fellowship is founded on the spirit of service and nation building, imparted by mobilising motivated, young professionals. The Fellowship creates mechanism to find such professionals and provide them an opportunity to work with people in identified Aspirational Districts. It is hopeful that by virtue of their expertise ,motivation and with the support from Tata Trusts, these youth can support the district administration in transformation initiatives. The Fellows will be supported in bringing innovations and best practices from Tata Trusts and associate’s work on village transformation, data driven governance, public system delivery improvements, health & nutrition and education realms.Read less

The Game Changer

TADP in Action

Featured Fellows

Aspirational Fellowship has been jointly conceptualized to provide dedicated professional support to District Administration, specifically, to help the administration in effective planning, implementation and monitoring of initiatives under Transforming Aspirational Districts Programme.

Biswambarnath Naik

Simdega, Jharkhand

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Satwik Mishra

Simdega, Jharkhand

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Ashish Kumar

Chatra, Jharkhand

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Neelesh Bhattacharya

Chatra, Jharkhand

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Success Stories

Industrial Sewing Machine Set Up – Palamu

Sustainable Livelihood creation for around 200 SHG members as a model that can be replicated across Palamu and other districts as well. To address sustainable livelihood opportunities for people of Palamu at a place where they belong and observe its positives on social development indicators, one of our model experiments is : Industrial Sewing Machine Set up at Chainpur Block of Palamu district.

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Success Stories

Kishori Club – Aurangabad, Bihar

The KishoriClub and Tumhari Saheli Question Box, will go a long way in empowering adolescent girls as engines of change for the society. The primary objective through these Kishori Clubs would be to initiate a dialogue on issues of puberty,girl education, early child marriage and malnutrition in the immediate peer network and the society.

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Success Stories

School Library – Gadchiroli, Maharashtra

In August 2018, when I reached the district there were very few active libraries in government schools. Most schools had books which were locked in cupboards. To ensure that children read books it was paramount that books were accessible. Most teachers at school claimed that the children were given books to be read in their homes.

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