Source: The post is based on the article “Cabinet approves Centrally Sponsored Scheme- “Vibrant Villages Programme” for the Financial Years 2022-23 to 2025-26” published in PIB on 15th February 2023
What is the News?
The Union Cabinet has approved the Centrally Sponsored Scheme- Vibrant Villages Programme(VVP) for the Financial Years 2022-23 to 2025-26.
What is the Vibrant Villages Programme(VVP)?
Type: Centrally Sponsored Scheme
Aim: To comprehensively develop villages of blocks on the northern border thus improving the quality of life of people living in these villages.
– This will help in encourage people to stay in their native locations in border areas and reversing the outmigration from these villages adding to improved security of the border.
Coverage: The scheme will be implemented in Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Ladakh.
Key Features: Under the scheme, funds will be provided for the development of essential infrastructure and the creation of livelihood opportunities in Districts and Border blocks of these 4 states and 1 UT.
– Vibrant Village Action Plans will be created by the district administration with the help of Gram Panchayats.
– The scheme will identify and develop the economic drivers based on local natural human and other resources of the border villages.
– It will develop these villages based on the “Hub and Spoke Model” through the promotion of social entrepreneurship, empowerment of youth and women through skill development, and leveraging the tourism potential through the promotion of local culture among others.
Expected Outcomes of the scheme: The key expected outcomes of the scheme are: connectivity with all-weather roads, drinking water, 24×7 electricity – solar and wind energy to be given focused attention, mobile and internet connectivity, tourist centres, multi-purpose centres and health and wellness centres.