The budget for the financial year 2022-23 has many programs to improve the ease of living for Indians. Vibrant villages programme is one of them. The concept of the Vibrant villages programme (VVP) is to improve the living condition for the people living close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC). LAC is the line of actual control between India and China. With this programme, the government wants to boost the infrastructure at LAC areas to reduce migration and develop them as tourist spots.
If you are preparing for any competitive exam, you must know about this important programme launched by GOI. Read on further to know more about the program and its objective, and how it will affect the country’s citizens living near LAC.
What are Vibrant Villages Programme?
Indian villages close to China border have harsh climate conditions. Life in these areas isn’t easy; hence people are forced to migrate to other parts of the country. On the other hand, China is growing its influence in these areas and developing its infrastructure rapidly. So under Vibrant Village Programme, the government of India will not only improve the living condition of the people living in these areas but also make the infrastructure better for easy transportation. The finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the programme as a part of Budget 2022-23, but the ministry hasn’t provided detailed information on the program, like when it will start and others. So we have fetched the details about the programme from the FM’s statement during presenting the budget.
Under the programme, the government of India will develop the villages near LAC as tourist spots so people from different parts of the country can come here and know about the culture of these villages. With this programme, the people of these villages will get connected with the rest of India. Construction of tourist centers will help them earn well without moving to any other part of the country.
The government of India has also planned to construct roads and housing conditions in these areas. People living here will also get access to education related channels and Doordarshan. Some financial assistance will also be offered to the residents of villages near LAC. The VVP programme is also a reply from India’s Government to China’s model village programme. China has constructed well connected and developed villages in India’s border area and named model villages. With this new plan to develop infrastructure at the Himalayan border, the government will have a close eye on China’s movement and control the influence of the neighboring country.
Significance of the Vibrant Village Programme
- Every year the government of India announces different programmes for people of the country to improve their lives. Still, the VVP programme is different as it covers villages at the India-China border area.
- The VVP programme is exclusively for the villages at the line of actual control only. The line of actual control is crucial for both countries, and Chine is rapidly developing the infrastructure near the border areas. So, India has to make a plan to improve the infrastructure of the villages at LAC and to have road connectivity.
- To create employment opportunities in areas in Arunachal, Ladakh, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, and Sikkim, tourism is the best option. When tourists from different parts of the country reach here, the native from these places will come closer to India’s heart.
The vibrant village programme has two objectives; to improve the infrastructure of villages at LAC and stop the migration of the natives of these villages. China has already developed more than 600 villages at Bhutan and India border, and through VVP, India will answer the Chinese threat also.