Lucknow: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has appreciated the development work done in the districts of Sonbhadra and Chandauli. In the latest UNDP report, while the model of cultivation of ‘black rice’ in Chandauli and then exporting it abroad has been described as successful, after being declared an aspirational district, the districts that have developed rapidly on different scales are the districts of Sonbhadra. The performance has been highly appreciated. The work done in these districts has been described as a very successful model for local area development in the report. It has also been said that this model is very useful for countries which have regional discrimination.
UNDP praised development model of Sonbhadra and Chandauli
Chandauli took the best advantage of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s policy to promote innovation in the agriculture sector. Cultivation of ‘black rice’ is usually done in the blocks like Narayanpur, Jamalpur, Rajgarh, Pahari, Lalganj and Halia of Mirzapur district, but Chandauli district has made a huge demand for black rice in the global markets and given good profit margins for its cultivation. The project was successful and now high quality black rice is exported to Australia and New Zealand. Black rice has been found to be very useful for diabetic patients and in preventing cancer.
The report also appreciated the delta ranking provided on the Champions of Change dashboard of the Aspirational Districts programme. The competitive and dynamic culture inspired by this has led many poor performing districts (as per baseline ranking) to successfully improve their position during the last three years. The report found that Chandauli and Sonbhadra in UP, along with two districts from two other states, were among the districts that made the most progress since the launch of the programme. UNDP has analyzed it on the basis of five main themes – health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, infrastructure, skill development and economic inclusion. Also said that this program has acted as a catalyst for the development of these districts.
Scheme started in 2018
The Aspirational District Program was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2018. The aim of the government was ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’. Under which, along with raising the standard of living of the people of the most backward districts, ensure inclusive development of all.