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MHA clears Rs 1,100 crore for border villages

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Jul 13, 2018, 2:07 am IST
Updated : Jul 13, 2018, 2:06 am IST

Since the start of the scheme in 1986-87, the Centre has released nearly Rs 13,400 crore for development work in border areas.

Rajnath Singh (Photo: PTI | File)
 Rajnath Singh (Photo: PTI | File)

New Delhi: In a major push to development activities along international borders, the Centre has decided to allocate Rs 1,100 crore for all round improvement of villages located along the border across 17 states.

In the first phase, the Union home ministry will develop 61 model villages, with facilities like health centre, school, drinking water, along the borders and Rs 126 crore has been released for this purpose.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high level meeting of the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) which was attended by district magistrate of 25 districts of 17 states apart from other senior officials. The total outlay under this BADP has been increased to Rs 1,100 crore for the year 2017-18 as compared to Rs 990 crore in the previous year.

For developing 61 model villages, the home ministry has released Rs 126 crores and if required additional funds will also be made available to the respective states. These model villages will have facilities like primary health centre, primary education, community centre, connectivity, drainage and  drinking water in order to ensure sustainable living in border areas.

During the meetings, states, including Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, gave presentations showing major achievements under the BADP scheme and steps initiated by them to improve living quality in villages along the border.

As of now, the BADP scheme covers 111 border districts in 17 states to deal with development activities of people living in border areas, especially within 50 kilometres of the international border.

Since the start of the scheme in 1986-87, the Centre has released nearly Rs 13,400 crore for development work in border areas.

While describing the border population as “strategic asset” for the country, the home minister said they were an important element to maintain border security.

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