In a diverse country like India, balanced growth is a prerequisite for overall development. Our country cannot grow at a high rate in the long run until all the districts develop equally. The high rate of GDP has no meaning until the benefit of growth percolates down to very basic level. It focuses on transforming 115 districts across 28 states that have witnessed the least progress along certain development parameters. These 115 districts account for more than 20% of the country's population and cover over 8,600 Gram panchayats.