Aspirational Districts

The aspirational districts as mapped out by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW) have been identified as the districts that require sharper improvement in health outcomes. This is done based on composite health index and the High Priority Districts (HPD) are the bottom 25% of the districts in terms of health outcomes. The list of HPD in the NER is given below.

  • Assam: Golaghat, Nagaon, Kokrajhar, Hailakandi, Dhubri, Karimganj
  • Arunachal Pradesh: Lohit, (Tawang excluded), Changlang (Lower Dibang Valley excluded), East Kameng, Upper Siang, Lower Subansiri, Kurung kumey, Upper Subansiri.
  • Manipur: Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Senapati, Chandel, Churachandpur.
  • Meghalaya: West Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills, Jaintia Hills, West Garo Hills.
  • Mizoram: Lawngtlai, Mamit, Lunglei, Saiha.
  • Nagaland: Kiphre ( Mokukchung excluded), Tuengsang ( Pheren excluded), Mon, Wokha (Kohima excluded).
  • Sikkim: West
  • Tripura: Dhalai

These HPD are identified in terms of health which is related to other priority sectors as well. In addition to these districts, we are also open to any other district within the region if the organization is able to justify the need and scope of work in that particular district in the sector that they are working on. The aspirational districts identified by the NITI Aayog will also be given priority.

  • Remote Districts – NER has been a remote region as compared to the rest of the country. The remote districts, hence, get priority.
  • Tribal Districts – The tribal districts or districts with high percentage of ethnic groups will get priority.
  • Himalayan Districts – The Himalayan districts of the NE get a priority. Only 2 districts of Assam – North Cachar Hills and Karbi Anglong fall in the Himalayan District category in Assam.
  • Least Social Funding Districts – The districts with less CSR investment will also get priority. This is mapped from the website of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.