New Delhi: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India has lauded Odisha’s Malkangiri district for its effective COVID-19 management.
In an independent appraisal report released today, the UN agency said that the continued focus of the programme on health and nutritionhas helped the district in tackling the Covid crisis with greater resilience.
‘Malkangiri district in Odisha, which is located in close proximity to both neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, became an entry point for several migrant workers returning back to the state during the initial phase of lockdown. The district officials claimed to have used their new infrastructure to serve as institutional quarantine centres for migrants’, the report stated.
The report lauded the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) as ‘a very successful model of local area development’that ‘should serve as a best practice for several other countries where regional disparities in development status persist for many reasons’.