Governance Polity

Vibrant Village Programme (VVP)

The Union Home Minister stated that borders can only be permanently secured when border villages are populated by patriotic citizens who care about the country, and he urged border-guarding forces to use the Vibrant Village Programme (VVP) to accomplish this.

Vibrant Village Programme

  • The program’s goal is to improve infrastructure along India’s border with China.
  • Infrastructure in states such as Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Arunachal Pradesh will be improved.
  • Residential and tourist centers will be built as part of the program.
  • It will also improve road connectivity and promote the development of decentralized renewable energy sources.
  • In addition, direct access to Doordarshan and educational channels will be provided. Support for subsistence will be provided.

Key focus areas

  • It focuses on job creation, road connectivity, housing, rural infrastructure, renewable energy, television, and broadband access.
  • This goal will be achieved by improving infrastructure in villages near the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Need for such a scheme

  • The program is a response to China’s model villages, but the name was carefully chosen to avoid upsetting the neighboring country.
  • In recent years, China has established new villages along the LAC, particularly across the Arunachal Pradesh border.
  • While China has been settling new residents along the border, villages on the Indian side of the border have experienced unprecedented out-migration.
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