Vibrant Villages Programme along China Border

Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), announced that it will integrate the Centre's Vibrant Villages Programme (VVP) with the Prime Minister Gati Shakti mega project.

  • The integration is aimed at developing infrastructure and promoting tourism in villages along the China border.
  • The integration will enable integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects and overcome operational challenges.
  • One of the objectives of the VVP is to stop the migration of the border population.
  • The scheme will cover 2,967 villages in 46 border blocks of 19 districts in four states and one Union Territory.
  • The first phase of the scheme will cover 662 villages.
  • ₹4,800 crore has been allocated for the financial years 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26, with ₹2,500 crore for road construction.
  • The Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG-N) in Gujarat will provide satellite images and GIS mapping for real-time monitoring of infrastructure and other land-use changes in the border villages.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the nodal Ministry to implement the scheme, has asked states to organize activities such as fairs, festivals, cultural programs, and tourism-related activities in the villages identified for coverage on priority.