Somatirtha Purohit

The Union Cabinet approved a centrally sponsored scheme- “Vibrant Villages Programme” (VVP) for the Financial Years 2022-23 to 2025-26 with an allocation of Rs 4,800 crore.

The scheme will provide funds for the development of essential infrastructure and the creation of livelihood opportunities in 19 districts and 46 border blocks of four states and one Union Territory along the northern land border of the country.

It will help in achieving inclusive growth and retaining the population 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 the northern border and the development of growth centres on the “Hub and Spoke Model” through the promotion of social entrepreneurship, empowerment of youth and women through skill development and entrepreneurship.

The tourism potential will be leveraged through the promotion of local cultural, and traditional knowledge and heritage and the 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 administration with the help of Gram Panchayats. 100 % saturation of Central and state schemes will be ensured.

The key outcomes that have been attempted are, connectivity with the all-weather road, drinking water, 24x7 electricity – Solar and wind energy to be given focused attention, mobile and internet connectivity. Tourist centres, multi-purpose centres and health and wellness Centers.
Out of the financial allocation of Rs 4,800 Crore, Rs 2,500 crore rupees will be used for roads.