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Amit Shah launches Vibrant Villages Program from India's first village Kibithoo in Arunachal Pradesh

12 Apr,2023 12:46 PM, by: Sushmita Dey
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On April 10-11, 2023, Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation, paid a visit to Arunachal Pradesh. During his first day in the region, he inaugurated the 'Vibrant Villages Programme' at Kibithoo, a village located on the border of the Anjaw district. Arunachal's Chief Minister Pema Khandu, the Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein, and several other delegates were present during the launch ceremony.

 

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the Government of India has approved the ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’ (VVP) with central components of Rs.4800 crore including Rs.2500 crore exclusively for road connectivity for the Financial Years 2022-23 to 2025-26. VVP is a centrally sponsored scheme under which 2967 villages in 46 blocks of 19 districts abutting the northern border in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh, and UT of Ladakh have been identified for comprehensive development. In the first phase, 662 villages have been identified for priority coverage, which includes 455 villages in Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Kibithoo, a small village located in the Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh is targeted for significant improvement under the VVP. In the past, people arriving at the border used to claim to be from India's last village. However, thanks to the efforts of Modi Ji, the story has now changed. Kibithoo is now being recognized as the first village in India due to its significant development under the Vibrant Village Program. The program was implemented to improve the infrastructure and healthcare facilities in the village, which has a remote location, with the objective of enhancing the quality of life of people living in identified border villages. The VVP's aim is to encourage people to stay in their native villages by reversing outmigration.

 

Ahead of the launch of the program,  DCM Chowna Mein along with CM Pema Khandu, visited Walong in the Anjaw district, a day before the event to oversee everything. They received a warm reception from the locals where they held an interactive meeting with the villagers, listened to their concerns, and assured them of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh's commitment to work hand-in-hand towards greater development.

 

They also inspected the 100 kW Dichu Nallah MHS near the China border at Dichu Village, Anjaw, along with MP Tapir Gao. The inspection was a part of the efforts to make Arunachal Pradesh a global leader in renewable energy projects.

 

Later in the evening, the CM and DCM along with others attended the Light & Sound show presented by the 21 Bihar Regiment in Walong, which turned out to be an unforgettable experience for them.

 

During their stay, they also visited the Forward Post Dichu, manned by 6/11 Gorkha Rifles, which was an insightful experience for all of them, where the bravery and dedication of the soldiers were witnessed by everyone present.

 

On the day of the grand launch of the Vibrant Villages program, CM Pema Khandu along with DCM Chowna Mein welcomed Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the land of the rising sun with great enthusiasm.

 

As the day of the launch progressed, people of Anjaw district witnessed a successful VVP launch program by Amit Shah ji. The Vibrant Villages Program is one of the many initiatives undertaken by the central government for the upliftment of border villages in India.

 

 

 

As part of the grand VVP launch, Shah inaugurated 9 micro hydel projects that were constructed under the Golden Jubilee Border Illumination Program. He also inaugurated several ITBP projects in the presence of Pema Khandu and Chowna Mein and others.

 

The projects inaugurated during the occasion are touted to be significant in facilitating clean energy, economic development, and environmental protection in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Following the launch, Khandu and Mein accompanied Shah to the exhibition stalls of women SHGs at Kibithoo, which was set up for commemorating the grand launch.

 

Taking to social media, both CM and DCM expressed their delight over witnessing the creativity of the grassroots level women entrepreneurs who participated in the exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

After the exhibition, they also paid tribute to the Veer Indian Army Jawans who laid down their lives for the nation, and they also praised the unwavering dedication of ITBP personnel towards the nation's security. Later, they inspected the LAC from the Dichu outpost, the easternmost point in the Anjaw district.

 

During their stay at Walong, Anjaw, both CM Khandu and DCM Mein extended their generosity towards the Meyor community for their warm hospitality, and even gave a shoutout to the Homestay on social media, where they halted during their visit.

 

 

 

Lastly, they stopped by the natural Hot Spring and before departing, all of them had a fruitful discussion over breakfast.

 

Following the successful completion of the launch program, it can be stated that the pre-focus of the Vibrant Village Program is to offer development and employment prospects to the border villages, prevent outmigration, and boost border security. Through the continuous string of development activities along the line, one can construe that the Indian government is committed to strengthening its borders by empowering the border village dwellers. And the VVP is a step towards achieving this very goal.

 

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author's. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of The Critical Script or its editor.

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