Kiphire shows significant improvement in NITI Aayog’s ‘delta ranking’

Kiphire shows significant improvement in NITI Aayog’s ‘delta ranking’
A panoramic view of Kiphire Town, the district Headquarter of Kiphire District. (Image courtesy:


Morung Express News
Dimapur | July 6

Kiphire district, which was among the bottom 3 of the baseline ranking of India’s 101 ‘Aspirational Districts’ list in March has shown a significant improvement in the first ‘delta ranking’ unveiled by NITI Aayog last week.


The “delta ranking” was done for what NITI Aayog has dubbed as “Aspirational Districts” – the most underdeveloped districts of the country.


It is based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s launching of ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ in January with an “aim to quickly and effectively transform some of the most underdeveloped districts in the country.”


What is delta ranking?

In March, based on the latest available data from the ministries concerned, NITI Aayog had released a baseline ranking of 101 such ‘Aspirational Districts.’


Thereafter, the Districts started entering data over the months of April and May 2018, on the basis of self-reported data on the ‘Champions of Change Dashboard – The Aspirational Districts Dashboard’ created by the NITI Aayog.


Performances were reported on five key developmental areas – Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion and Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure.


Out of 112 districts in the country designated as ‘aspirational,’ 108 of them participated in the exercise, a PIB release informed.


Some of the data points have been sourced from Central Ministries viz. Financial Inclusion, Skill Development and 3 indicators of Basic Infrastructure – Household Electricity Connections, Household Toilets and Rural Drinking Water.


Most of the data points, however, have been self-reported by the various districts themselves, the PIB release said.


Kiphire’s performance

In March baseline ranking of 101 ‘Aspirational Districts by NITI Aayog, Kiphire was ranked among the bottom 3 – 98th out of 101 districts.


However, in the latest delta ranking, the district’s performance saw a drastic improvement and was ranked among the top 30.


With an overall 8.3 ‘delta scores,’ Kiphire was ranked at 26th position – a jump of over 70 slots from 98 in March.


Sector-wise, it performed best in Education and was ranked 14 while in Basic Infrastructure, the district was in 36th position. In Health and Nutrition, Kiphire was in 59th position.


However, the district ranking would have performed better but there were zero entry/score in Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion and Skill Development.


Most & least improved districts

Telangana, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu have shown the maximum progress, while Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh have to work harder, stated a NITI Aayog document on the ranking.


Dahod in Gujarat with 19.8 points was topped the ranking. West Sikkim in Sikkim and Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu were ranked 2nd and 3rd with 18.9 and 17.7 points respectively. The other districts in top 10 were Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh (4); Y.S.R., Andhra Pradesh (5); Bijapur, Chhattisgarh (6); Washim, Maharashtra (7); Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand (8); Korba, Chhattisgarh (9); and Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu (10).


On the other end, Kupwara in Jammu & Kashmir with a score of 0.5 points designated as least improved districts at 108. Begusarai in Bihar (0.8) and Ranchi in Jharkhand (1.2) were ranked second and third least improved districts at 107 and 106 respectively. The other top-10 districts with least improvement were Simdega, Jharkhand (105); Khagaria, Bihar (104); Banka, Bihar (103); Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh (102); Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh (101); Sukma, Chhattisgarh (100); and Jamui, Bihar (99).


Releasing the first delta ranking on June 28, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant stated, “The purpose of this ranking is to spur a sense of competition among the dynamic teams in the districts…the ranking is also a tool to identify sectors and indicator specific challenges so that Team India, which is driving this programme, can take immediate corrective measures.”


The next ranking will take into account inputs from the NITI Aayog’s knowledge partners – Tata Trusts, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (ID Insights).