Cabinet approves Rs 4,800 crore for the scheme to halt outmigration
GN Bureau | February 15, 2023
The union cabinet has approved Centrally Sponsored Scheme, ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’ (VVP), for the financial years 2022-23 to 2025-26 with a financial allocation of Rs. 4,800 crore.
The scheme aims to promote comprehensive development of villages of blocks on northern border, thus improving the quality of life of people living in identified border villages. This will help in encouraging people to stay in their native locations in border areas and reversing the outmigration from these villages adding to improved security of the border, said an official note issued after the cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
The scheme will provide funds for development of essential infrastructure and creation of livelihood opportunities in 19 Districts and 46 Border blocks 4 states and 1 UT along the northern land border of the country which will help in achieving inclusive growth and retaining the populatiion in the border areas. In the first phase 663 Villages will be taken up in the programme.
The scheme aids to identify and develop the economic drivers based on local natural human and other resources of the border villages on northern border and development of growth centres on “Hub and Spoke Model” through promotion of social entrepreneurship, empowerment of youth and women through skill development and entrepreneurship, leveraging the tourism potential through promotion of local cultural, traditional knowledge and heritage and development of sustainable eco-agribusinesses on the concept of “One village-One product” through community based organisations, Cooperatives, SHGs, NGOs etc.
Vibrant Village Action Plans will be created by the district adminstration with the help of Gram Panchayats. 100 % saturation of Central and state schemes will be ensured.
Key outcomes that have been attempted are, connectivity with all weather road, drinking water, 24x7 electricty – Solar and wind energy to be given focuseed attention, mobile and internet connectivity. Tourist centers, multi-purpose centers and health and wellness Centers.
There will not be any overlap with Border Area Development Programme. Out of financial allocation of Rs. 4,800 crore, Rs. 2,500 crore rupees will be used for roads.
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