The “Vibrant Villages Programme” (VVP), with central components totalling Rs. 4,800 crores and Rs. 2,500 crores designated only for road connection for the fiscal years 2022–23 to 2025–26, had previously been authorised by the central government. On Monday, the “Vibrant Villages Program” will be officially introduced in the border village of Kibithoo, Arunachal Pradesh, by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. He will connect with ITBP employees in Kibithoo and attend a number of events.
Days had passed since China had “renamed” portions of Arunachal Pradesh when Shah paid a visit there. 11 locations in Arunachal Pradesh that China claims to be South Tibet was “renamed” last week, angering India, which “outright rejected” China’s action. “A piece of forest clearing north of Kibithoo” was one of the places given a new name.
Which border states are covered under this scheme?
Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and the Union Territory of Ladakh have 2,967 villages in 46 blocks in 19 districts that border the northern boundary identified for comprehensive development under the VVP, a centrally sponsored programme. 662 villages, including 455 in Andhra Pradesh, have been designated for priority coverage in the first phase.
What did officials say on the inaugural?
According to a statement from the home ministry, the VVP will contribute in raising the standard of living for those residing in designated border villages and encouraging them to remain there, reversing the outmigration from these communities and enhancing border security.
The complete trip of the home minister
Amit Shah will also inaugurate further initiatives. In Kibithoo, on April 10, Shah will officially open nine micro-hydro projects funded by the state’s “Golden Jubilee Border Illumination Programme.” According to the release, he would also dedicate projects by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to improve infrastructure in Likabali, Chapra, Nooranad, and Visakhapatnam in Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, and Kerala. At Kibithoo in the Arunachal Pradesh district of Anjaw, the home minister will have additional interactions with ITBP employees. There will also be a display of goods produced by women from border district self-help groups. According to the announcement, Shah will stop by the exhibit booths. He will go to Namti Field and honour the Walong War Memorial on April 11, it was announced.