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NITI-A CEO visits Aspirational District Kiphire

NITI-A CEO visits Aspirational District Kiphire
Amitabh Kant being welcomed at Kiphire on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent KIPHIRE, APR 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/7/2021 12:58:06 PM IST

 Rs. 5 cr sanctioned  to appoint science & math teachers

Niti Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant Wednesday sanctioned Rs. 5 crore for appointment of science and maths teachers in Kiphire district. Niti Aayog CEO, accompanied by Aspirational Districts programme director Soumitra Mandal, arrived Tuesday on a two-day visit to the state, visited Kiphire district to review the implementation of ‘Aspirational District’ programme on Wednesday.

Addressing the gathering at DC’s conference hall, Kiphire town, Kant lauded the progress made by Kiphire aspirational district, which jumped to No.2 after remaining in 111th spot out of 112 districts in ranking. “We were of the feeling that Kiphire will find it very difficult to improve because the district was not feeding data, however, from being 111 out of 112 districts to come 2nd in health and nutrition and 1st in basic infrastructure in January and February showed the district is moving forward after a gap of two years,” Niti Aayog CEO remarked. Asserting that Kiphire has done very well, Kant expressed hope that Kiphire would become No.1 in the ‘Aspirational District’ programme.

Acknowledging the difficulties faced by the district, Kant appreciated the district officers for working hard despite difficult circumstances, terrain and location. He said that providing correct data was very important as it was only way to measure the improvement in developmental activities.

Pointing out that Kiphire started doing well due to putting out data, CEO stated that indicators pertaining to child health has shown progress while percentage of underweight children and low birth rate has reduced by 1-3%.

As per the indicator, he said there has been sharp increase in percentage of pregnant women regularly taking supplementary nutrition under ICDS programme. He stated that the district should maintain delivery track record of the beneficiaries, which was one of the main pointers of nutrition. 

Expressing concern over the lack of adequate doctors, nurses and teachers in Kiphire, CEO questioned what was the use of having building, equipment and school if there were no doctors, nurses and teachers. He said the government must ensure that they were posted in Kiphire. 

In this regard, Kant said he has requested chief minister, chief secretary home minister to give priority to Kiphire in health and education sectors.

Emphasising on the need to effectively utilise funds to improve the life of the citizens, Kant asked officers to prepare good projects because Aayog would release money only when the projects were well prepared.  He assured that NITI Aayog would help in preparing good projects for Kiphire. 

Sharing some of his observations, he expressed concern that district has only 56% Anganwadi centre with their own building. He also said that specialised service at District Hospital Kiphire was still at 25% against the norms. Kant said that until and unless health and nutrition improved Kiphire would not be able to rise. 

Other area of concern, he said was poor learning outcome as all six indicators relating to learning outcome were below 50% mark due to absence of teachers in Kiphire.  He hoped that NITI Aayog would release the money if the department provided teachers to Kiphire.

Expressing satisfaction at the way the district had made progress in certain areas, Kant said he was very happy to have come all the way from Delhi to see the progress of the programme. 

Assuring fullest support and cooperation to the people of Kiphire in its development, CEO he said Aayog would extend support in every possible way to make Kiphire No 1 district in India.

However, he said that it would require a lot of collective effort from the state government, district administration and officers.

Amitabh Kant also took to twitter and said he was “Delighted to visit Kiphire in Nagaland- one of the remotest #AspirationalDistrict of our country. It was 111 out of 112 Dts in ranking & has now jumped to No 2. The local team has worked tirelessly to improve outcomes across sectors. My compliments to DC & all frontline workers.”

Earlier, CEO along with his entourage visited District Hospital Kiphire, GMS Kiphire village, Anganwadi Centre Kiphire and ITI Kiphire.

The programme at DC’s conference hall was chaired by deputy commissioner (DC) Kiphire T.Wati Aier while welcome address was delivered by EAC, Moasunep K Jingru.

The team was accompanied principal director school education Shanavas C and other state officials.

 

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