The NITI Aayog on June 29, 2018 launched the first Delta Ranking (Incremental Progress) of the Aspirational Districts based on self-reported data of districts between March 31, 2018 to May 31, 2018. The data was received on five developmental areas- Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion and Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure. These rankings were launched as a part of ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme of PM Narendra Modi.
1. Dahod district of Gujarat improved 19.8 points to rank 1st in the Delta ranking and was Ranked 17th in Baseline ranking.
2. Asifabad district of Telangana, which was ranked 100 in Baseline ranking released in March 2018, made significant improvements in past two months and stood at 15 in Delta ranking.
3. Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh also made significant improvement by gaining 14.7 points, fetching 6th position in Delta ranking. It ranked at 45th position in Baseline ranking.
4. West Sikkim district of Sikkim stood second with 18.9 points, a huge improvement from being in the 30th position in Baseline ranking.
The Districts began entering data from April 1, 2018 in the Champions of Change Dashboard and a total of 108 districts out of total 112 participated in this ranking. The delta ranking was computed in a transparent manner for combined improvements made during April and May 2018. Data entry by remaining four districts is also in progress, though they are not part of this ranking. Some of the data points have been sourced from Financial Inclusion, Skill Development and 3 indicators of Basic Infrastructure – Household Electricity Connections, Household Toilets and Rural Drinking Water.