Baramulla tops NITI Aayog’s ranking in ‘Agri & Water Resources’ sector

By: Sameer Lone

Srinagar: Baramulla, a northern district of Kashmir has topped the NITI Aayog’s ranking in Agriculture and Water Resources sector across all the Aspirational Districts of India.

According to the details available with Precious Kashmir, Baramulla which is among the only two districts of J&K that comes under NITI Aayog’s ( governments think tank policy making body) ambitious Aspirational Districts Programme has excelled in Agriculture and Water Resources achieving the number one spot among the 112 aspirational districts of the country.

According to the available data fetched from NITI Aayog, Baramulla has shown considerable improvement in the key indicators like; Percentage of area under micro-irrigation has increased from 0.04 % to 0.12 %.

Similarly, the number of water bodies rejuvenated under MGNREGA during this period has increased to 161.

Similarly, the Certified quality seed distribution has also increased and is close to the assigned target of 3076 Quintals. The Percentage increase in agricultural credit has also increased.

The number of soil health cards distributed stands at 8,730 which is much higher than the target of 5400 assigned for the year 2021-22.

Baramulla has achieved 91.96 % target when it comes to another key indicator that denotes Percentage of animals vaccinated.

According to NITI Aayog, if any aspirational district ranks number one in any of the sector-wise ranking, it will be rewarded with Rs 3 Cr which the district is supposed to spend on different development activities.

Meanwhile, Baramulla has achieved Rank 5 in the overall Delta Rank in the month of November, while its nearby district Kupwara has slipped down to the Rank 81 painting a dismal performance.

It may be noted here that 11 Central Ministries are working in tandem with NITI Aayog in the Aspirational Districts Programme that is personally monitored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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