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3) The aspirational districts programme will play a key role in bridging the development gap is vital to social and political stability. Examine. (250 words)

Topic-Inclusive growth

3) The aspirational districts programme will play a key role in bridging the development gap is vital to social and political stability. Examine. (250 words)

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Why this question

The progress shown by some of the districts under the aspirational districts programme leads us to harbour belief that sustained focus on the progress of these districts would enable us to bridge the developmental gap. It is important to know about this programme and the impact that it creates.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to first explain about the aspirational districts programme. Next, we need to explain about the impact that this programme is having in the social indicators of these backward districts and bring out how it can help us achieve SDG etc.

Directive word

Examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic,  get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any .

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Highlight that unevenness of development has been flagged as a major issue by economic survey.

Body

  • Explain what aspirational districts programme is and how it plans to take India on to the path of inclusive growth. Under the “aspirational districts” programme, central and state officials are working closely to identify the strength of each district and use it to catalyse growth. NITI Aayog, which anchors the programme, has ranked these districts on their performance in key development areas of health and nutrition, education, farming, water resources, financial inclusion, skill development and access to basic infrastructure such as road, potable water and power.
  • Discuss about the progress shown by some of the districts in achieving their targets and what it means for achieving SDG and bringing the inequality across regions.
  • Explain why bridging this inequality vital to ensure political and social stability.

Conclusion – Give your view and discuss way forward.