The Government has approved a Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’ for the comprehensive development of the villages in 46 border blocks of 19 districts in four States and one UT- Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Ladakh (UT) abutting the northern border. The project will run from the financial year 2022-23 to the financial year 2025-26 with a budget of US$ 586 million (Rs. 4,800 crores).
In the beginning, 662 border villages have been selected for priority comprehensive development under the plan. The following states have the most villages: Arunachal Pradesh has 455, Himachal Pradesh has 75, Ladakh (UT) has 35, Sikkim has 46, and Uttarakhand has 51.
The focus areas under the programme are: economic growth, road connectivity, housing and village infrastructure, energy including renewable, television and telecom connectivity, regeneration of eco-system, promotion of tourism and culture, financial inclusion, skill development and entrepreneurship, and development of cooperative societies.
The aim of this programme is the convergence of the existing schemes of the Central and State Governments through the formulation of the District Convergence Plan. It concentrates on initiatives in the designated intervention areas for inclusion in the action plan for vibrant villages for particular villages.
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