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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

Dakshana Entrance Test

To provide bright students of government schools from weak financial background a platform to succeed in competitive exams such as IIT-JEE, NEET, AIEEE etc.

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Success Stories

Suposhit Bastar Abhiyan

There is a strong association between anaemia and malaria and these diseases were quite common in Bastar district. State Government has declared the entire Bastar division as a high burden area in case of malnutrition after completing the Wajan Tihwar among the children in Anganwadi centers in March 2017

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Success Stories

Professional Learning Communities Bastar

Poor teaching had been observed in various upper primary schools in Bastar of Chattisgarh state. The problem in many of the upper primary schools was that teachers were not able the deliver their subject part effectively one of the main reason for which was the scarcity of subject wise teacher in district.

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