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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday launched the ‘Vibrant Villages Programme‘ in Kibithoo, a village located in the Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh. The programme aims to provide comprehensive development to villages along the northern border of the country, including Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and the Union Territory of Ladakh.
During the launch event, Amit Shah said that no one can encroach on even a pin’s tip worth of India‘s land, and that no one has the power to cast an evil eye on the country as the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Indian Army are guarding the borders. He saluted the sacrifices of all the jawans and emphasized that India is taking all measures to boost its security.
The Modi government’s Look East policy has accelerated progress in the Northeast region, and it now contributes to the development of the country. Kibithoo is India’s first village and not the last village, as it is often considered.
Under the VVP, the government has approved central components worth Rs 4,800 crore, including Rs 2,500 crore exclusively for road connectivity for the Financial Years 2022-23 to 2025-26. The programme identifies 2,967 villages in 46 blocks of 19 districts for comprehensive development, with 662 villages identified for priority coverage in the first phase, including 455 villages in Arunachal Pradesh.
The VVP will help improve the quality of life of people living in identified border villages, encourage them to stay in their native locations, and add to the security of the border.
ITBP and Indian Army Ensuring Security of Borders
Amit Shah emphasized that India’s security is in good hands with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Indian Army guarding the borders. “The entire country can sleep peacefully in their homes today because our ITBP jawans and Army is working day & night on our borders. Today, we can proudly say that no one has the power to cast an evil eye on us,” he said.
He further added, “Today, we say with pride that gone are the days when anybody could encroach on India’s land. Today, we can proudly say that no one can encroach even a tip of a pin’s worth of our land because ITBP and Indian Army are present at our borders.”
Look East Policy Boosts Northeast Development
The Home Minister said that the Modi government’s Look East policy has accelerated progress in the Northeast region and transformed it into an area that contributes to the development of the country. Before 2014, the entire Northeast region was known as a disturbed region, but in the last nine years, the Look East policy has brought significant changes.
Kibithoo: India’s First Village
Kibithoo, located in Arunachal Pradesh’s Anjaw district, is often considered the last village of India. However, Amit Shah called it India’s first village and not the last one. He said, “Earlier when people visited here, they used to say ‘I had gone to the last village of the country,’ but today, I’ll say that I visited the first village of India.”
VVP Aims for Comprehensive Development
The Vibrant Villages Programme (VVP) is a significant step towards ensuring comprehensive development in the border areas of the country. The programme aims to provide basic amenities, infrastructure, and connectivity to the people living in these border villages, which will also contribute to the security of the borders.
The VVP will focus on improving road connectivity, health and education facilities, digital connectivity, and skill development opportunities for the people living in the identified villages. The scheme will also help in promoting tourism in these border areas, which will further contribute to the economic development of the region.
The launch of the Vibrant Villages Programme in Kibithoo by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah is a significant milestone in the development of the Northeast region and the security of the borders. The programme will provide much-needed infrastructure and basic amenities to the people living in these border villages, which will improve their quality of life and encourage them to stay in their native locations.
In conclusion, the Vibrant Villages Programme is a crucial initiative by the Government of India towards comprehensive development in the border areas of the country. The programme will provide basic amenities, infrastructure, and connectivity to the people living in these border villages and contribute to the security of the borders. The launch of the programme in Kibithoo by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah is a significant step towards achieving this goal.