Amit Shah, Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation, will travel to Arunachal Pradesh today to attend various events and meet with ITBP personnel in Kibithoo. Amit Shah will launch the ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’ (VVP) in Kibithoo, an Arunachal Pradesh border village. The Government of India, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the VVP with central components totaling Rs 4,800 crore, including Rs 2,500 crore specifically for road connectivity for the fiscal years 2022-23 to 2025-26. The VVP is a centrally funded scheme that has identified 2,967 villages in 46 blocks of 19 districts along the northern border in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh, as well as the Union Territory of Ladakh, for comprehensive development.
In the first phase, 662 villages for priority coverage were identified, including 455 villages in Arunachal Pradesh. The VVP will help to improve the quality of life of people living in identified border villages and encourage them to stay in their native locations, reversing outmigration from these villages and increasing border security.
The District Administration will prepare Action Plans for the identified villages with the assistance of appropriate mechanisms at the block and panchayat levels in order to ensure complete 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 Home Minister will also inaugurate nine Micro Hydel Projects of the Arunachal Pradesh 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 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) projects to augment infrastructure at Likabali (Arunachal Pradesh), Chapra (Bihar), Nooranad (Kerala) and Vishakapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). An exhibition of products made by women members of border district Self-Help Groups will also be held.
Amit Shah will visit exhibition stalls to become acquainted with and appreciate the efforts of border village women.
On April 11, the Home Minister will pay his respects at Namti Field and the Walong War Memorial.