GUWAHATI, July 27 - A day-long regional workshop on �aspirational districts� of north-east India was organised by the NITI Aayog and the Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) here today. It was inaugurated by Additional Chief Secretary VB Pyarelal.
The �Transformation of Aspirational Districts� programme was aimed at expeditiously improving the socio-economic status of districts from across states.
There are 14 �aspirational districts� in the eight north-eastern states. Out of those, seven are in Assam and the remaining seven districts are one each in the other seven states. The administration heads from these 14 districts and officials from NITI Aayog, Ministry of DoNER and Transformation and Development Department, Government of Assam attended the Workshop.
Progress under the extended Gram Swaraj Abhiyaan was reviewed at the workshop, in addition to discussion on aspirational districts programme and best practices. The technical staff from the 14 aspirational districts were briefed during the technical session on data, dashboard and ranking of the aspirational districts.
The 14 aspirational districts are Dhubri, Goalpara, Barpeta, Darrang, Baksa, Udalguri and Hailakandi in Assam; Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh; Chandel in Manipur; Ribhoi in Meghalaya; Mamit in Mizoram; Kiphire in Nagaland; West Sikkim in Sikkim and Dhalai in Tripura.