Cabinet Secretary to meet officials over backward districts development

Sinha will chair the meeting with NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and secretaries of key ministries would also attend this session.

Published: 23rd November 2017 08:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd November 2017 09:23 PM   |  A+A-

Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha. (File | EPS)


NEW DELHI: Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha has called a meeting of senior government officials tomorrow to discuss ways to ensure rapid development of 115 backward districts across the country.

Sinha will chair the meeting with NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and secretaries of key ministries would also attend this session, an official statement said today.

Senior government officials in the rank of additional secretary and joint secretary have been designated as Prabhari Officers or the in-charge to coordinate the efforts of the Centre and the states in addressing the specific developmental needs of the districts, it added.

According to the statement, among the 115 backward districts, 35 are affected by left wing violence.

Shortly after this event, meeting of representatives of the state governments and Prabhari officers is being organised to ensure that transformation of backward district in India is carried out by a dedicated team of central and state governments, the statement said.

A total of 115 backward districts have been identified on criteria including education, health, nutrition basic infrastructure like rural road connectivity, rural household electrification, access to potable water and individual toilets etc.

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