Guwahati/Hailakandi : Following the initiative taken by Hailakandi Administration, the Hailakandi district in Assam has been removed from the least improved districts tag by NITI Aayog.
In the Second Delta Ranking of Aspirational Districts Programme released by NITI Aayog for June-October on December 27, 2018, Hailakandi was ranked 110 out of the 111 aspirational districts of the country.
The then Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner, Adil Khan, who handed over the charge on Monday before assuming office as Deputy Commissioner, Bongaigaon, at once brought the matter to the notice of NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant and pointed out the mismatch in data collected by TATA Trusts, knowledge partner of NITI Aayog with that of the official data resulting in drastic fall in ranking of Hailakandi from 62nd position in October to 110th in December, 2018. Khan also apprised Kant that no proper survey could be conducted in June last year due to the unprecedented deluge, as per a government press release.
Moreover in course of a meeting with a high level delegation comprising officials from NITI Aayog and TATA Trusts in January, 2019, Khan brought the mismatch in data to the notice of all concerned. Eventually NITI Aayog and Trusts acknowledged the fact that there was mismatch in data as a result of which Hailakandi’s overall ranking took a nosedive.
Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli stated that the administration’s main concern is overall development. Hence to ensure the fruits of development it is necessary that all forms of benefits reach the poorest of poor so that the development task doesn’t take a back seat.