Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Arunachal Pradesh on April 10 and 11 and, among others, launch the Vibrant Villages Programme (VVP) in Kibithoo, a village along the border with China.
“The Central government has approved the VVP with Central components of Rs 4,800 crore, including Rs 2,500 crore exclusively for road connectivity for financial years 2022-23 to 2025-26,” the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated on Saturday.
It stated in a release, “The VVP is a centrally sponsored scheme under which 2,967 villages in 46 blocks of 19 districts abutting the northern border in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory of Ladakh have been identified for comprehensive development. In the first phase, 662 villages, including 455 in Andhra Pradesh, have been identified for priority coverage.”
The VVP, the ministry said, will help improve the quality of life of people living in identified border villages and encourage people to stay at their native locations, thereby reversing migration from these villages and adding to the security of the border. “The district administration, with the help of appropriate mechanisms at block and panchayat levels, will prepare action plans for the identified villages to ensure 100 per cent saturation of Central and state schemes. The focus areas of interventions identified for the development of villages include road connectivity, drinking water, electricity including solar and wind energy, mobile and internet connectivity, tourist centres, multi-purpose centres and healthcare infrastructure and wellness centres,” the MHA stated.
The statement said: “On April 10, Shah will inaugurate nine micro-hydel projects of the state government constructed under the Golden Jubilee Border Illumination Programme in Kibithoo. These electricity projects will empower people living in border villages. He will also inaugurate ITBP projects to augment infrastructure at Likabali (Arunachal Pradesh), Chapra (Bihar), Nooranad (Kerala) and Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). He will also interact with ITBP personnel at Kibithoo in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh.”Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...
According to MHA, an exhibition of products made by members of women self-help groups of border districts will also be held. Shah will visit the exhibition stalls. On April 11, he will visit Namti field and pay homage at the Walong war memorial.© The Indian Express (P) Ltd