Vibrant Villages Programme to develop villages on the Northern border

Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation Amit Shah launched the ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’ in Kibithoo, a border village in the Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh on 10 April 2023. 

What is Vibrant Villages Programme ?

  • The Vibrant Villages Programme (VVP) was announced in the 2022 Budget Speech by the Finance Minister.
  • The programme aims to develop villages on the Northern border that are often left out from development gains due to sparse population, limited connectivity, and infrastructure.
  • The Government has approved the ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’ with central components of 4800 crore rupees, including 2500 crore rupees exclusively for road connectivity, for the financial years 2022-23 to 2025-26.
  • Under the VVP, 2967 villages in 46 blocks of 19 districts abutting the northern border in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territories of Ladakh have been identified for comprehensive development.
  • In the first phase, 662 villages have been identified for priority coverage, which includes 455 villages in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The Government of India is already implementing the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) in habitations located within 0-10 kms of the international border in 460 border blocks of 117 border districts in 16 states and 2 Union Territories.
  • The BADP approves works related to village infrastructure, health, education, agriculture, sports, drinking water, and sanitation, as per its guidelines.

Question : What is the main aim of the Vibrant Villages Programme (VVP)?

A) To develop cities on the Northern border areas.
B) To replace existing schemes with new ones.
C) To provide financial support to all villages in India.
D) To develop villages on the Northern border

Answer: D) To develop villages on the Northern border

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