The Uttar Pradesh government has prepared a sector wise roadmap to fast-track development in 100 aspirational blocks identified across the state. Under the aspirational block development programme, initiated by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, as many as 75 performance indicators, covering 14 departments including health, nutrition and education, agriculture, financial inclusion, skill development and infrastructure development have been decided, based on which efforts will be made for the betterment.
Significantly, the progress of all 100 development blocks will be directly monitored at the government level. CM Yogi will also review the report himself.
Based on the action plan, as per the vision of Yogi Adityanath, the improvement in the Health, Nutrition and Education sectors will be given priority. A report card of these aspirational development blocks will be prepared in which 60 per cent marks will be given on the basis of betterment in these sectors.
Similarly, agriculture, livestock, horticulture, and rural development departments have been covered in the Agriculture and Water Resources sector. 20 per cent marks will be given for the improvement in this sector. 10 per cent marks will be awarded on the basis of 16 indicators of institutional finance, skill development and vocational education in the Financial Inclusion sector.
The remaining 10 per cent has been put aside for efforts made in Energy, Namami Gange, Rural Water Supply, IT and Electronics and Panchayati Raj Department, and infrastructure development.
The status of these blocks as of March 31, 2022 will be considered as the baseline for making efforts. As per the latest status report, the top 5 aspirational development blocks include Jalaun and Rampura (Jalaun), Rajgarh and Madihan (Mirzapur) and Haraiya (Basti) development blocks.
Qualified officers to be posted in aspirational blocks
Earlier, the chief minister had directed authorities to pay special attention to the posting of officers in these aspirational blocks and give priority only to potential officers. In this regard, the CM has sought details of recruitment for important posts including BDO, CDPO, ADO (Panchayat), Block Education Officer, Veterinary Officer, ANM, Medical Officer, Lekhpal, Village Development Officer, Gram Panchayat Officer, and Technical Assistant (Agriculture) in these blocks. The CM has further given instructions to immediately deploy competent and energetic officers on all other important posts including these.
Application for CM Fellowship to start soon
The application process for the CM Fellowship Programme, which aims to connect the youth with government policymaking and project implementation, by placing one each in 100 aspirations blocks, will start soon after Independence Day.
Suggestions will also be taken by the researchers to solve the challenges faced in the operation of the schemes and to provide the benefits of the schemes to the public. The researchers will participate in the work related to the planning, structure and implementation of the scheme.
For selection, the government will consider students and researchers from the fields of agriculture, rural development, Panchayati raj, forest, environment, education, health, sanitation, nutrition, skill development, energy, tourism and culture, data science, artificial intelligence, IT, ITES, organic farming, banking, finance, revenue, public policy, governance, etc.