Transformation of Aspirational Districts Programme

Transformation of Aspirational Districts Programme (TADP) is a major policy initiative by the Government of India for rapid transformation of districts that are lagging on specific development parameters. The programme will focus on the strength of each district, identify low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measure progress, and rank districts. The programme is tracked by 49 indicators across 5 core thematic areas in tune with the Sustainable Development Goals 2030

The weightage of core Thematic Areas







MHA- Tata Trusts Partnership for LWE Districts

Ministry of Home Affairs has been designated as the nodal ministry to coordinate and ensure TADP goals in 35 Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts identified by NITI Aayog. In order to support the Ministry of Home Affairs, Aspirational District Fellowship was launched in July 2018. The engagement is anchored by Transforming Rural India Foundation, an initiative of Tata Trusts. The Fellowship and our engagement have twin objectives: (a) Provide a key professional resource to the districts and create the District TADP Delivery Nudge. (b) To attract young, highly motivated professionals providing them with a “change leadership” experience which builds on their perspective, competence and inspiration in contributing to the development sector.

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.

Aspirational District Fellowship

The Aspirational District Fellowship is a mechanism equipping young motivated professionals with required competencies and providing them with a “change leadership” experience which builds their perspective, competence and inspiration to contribute to the development of the 35 Left Wing Extremism (LWE) districts. The Fellowship is anchored by the Transformation of Aspirational District Cell under the leadership of the District Collector. The fellows are placed in each focused district playing a pivotal role at the TADP implementation on a district level.

The Game Changer

TADP in Action

Meet Our 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.

Latest Updates


How an IAS officer and young Aspirational district fellows are transforming the health systems of a remote Left Wing Extremism affected district in Jharkhand

Health is a basic right of a citizen and contributes largely to the Human development Index. Improved access to health facilities and services has always remained a challenge and the Govt has been trying to improve it with inclusion of new schemes and measures.


Managing Banking at the doorstep to spreading Awareness on Covid 19; how Giridih District administration is improving access to cash.

Giridih district, lying in the Chotanagpur Plateau Division, bestowed with natural resources has been in news for many reasons including the severe Left Wing Extremism in the district.

COVID-19 Response Activities

Combating the Ill affects of Corona through protective and food support programs – Efforts of Gumla, Jharkhand

Immediately after the Janta Curfew on 22nd March the district administration in Gumla had swung into action in order to improve the preparedness in the district to contain the Coronavirus outbreak.