Hailakandi: Aspirational district Hailakandi has been ranked fifth among the 112 aspirational districts of the country with a composite score of 53.2 percent. In the latest overall Delta rankings released by NITI Aayog for the month of December 2019, the highest-scoring aspirational districts are Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh, Balangir, Odisha, YSR, Andhra Pradesh, Sahibganj, Jharkhand and Hailakandi, Assam.
Hailakandi district has bagged the second position in the agriculture and water resources sector among the aspirational districts. Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli, while congratulating Team Hailakandi for the achievement, said the momentum must be kept going to make the aspirational district Hailakandi one of the developed districts of the country.
For showing good performance in some key parameters, Hailakandi has got funds from NITI Aayog. The district has implemented a slew of development initiatives with funds from the policy think-tank organization in the year 2019-20. Upgradation of 40 sub-centers into health and wellness centres have been carried out, besides distribution of 560 low lift pumps, paddy reapers and threshers to small and marginal farmers for increasing micro-irrigation potential in the district. Under the Drishti scheme, the regular survey has been conducted in 100 schools, 40 numbers of Anganwadi centers and 10 villages to comprehend the shortcomings for time-bound interventions.
With a view to reducing maternal and perinatal mortality among women living in remote and hard to reach areas and to provide them access to skilled birth attendance and emergency obstetric care, a birth waiting room is coming up at Katlicherra PHC at an estimated cost of Rs.80 lakh.
A community canning and training center has been set up for enhancing food processing, value addition and packaging of agricultural products, besides an areca-nut leaf plate making at Lala block and diversified products from sheetal pati in Algapur block by Self Help Group members under skill development.
A milk processing unit is coming up to enhance the income of small and marginal farmers. A cooperative named Hailakandi Milk Union Limited (HAMUL) will soon market packaged milk under the brand name ‘Barak Milk’ at Rs.60 per liter. Under financial inclusion, Aarthik Swadhinatha Kendra will act as a bank extension centre cover 62 gaon panchayats. Under Happy School project, academic and other logistic support are being provided to ensure all-round development of elementary education.