Home Minister Amit Shah visits Arunachal Pradesh, Namaste Xi ji
Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Kibithu in Anjaw district on Monday to launch the ‘Vibrant Villages Program’ (VVP).
The VVP is a centrally sponsored scheme wherein 2,967 villages in 46 blocks of 19 districts abutting the northern border in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh have been identified for comprehensive development. With Arunachal Pradesh having the longest international northern border state will benefit the most.
The above is a part of the Indian determination of rapid infrastructure development of not only Arunachal Pradesh but entire North Eastern part of India. CM Pema Khandu had already reached Mechukha on Saturday and addressed the 1st Prime Minister Youth Camp and Cycle rally.
He congratulated the Department of Secondary Education, the district administration and the NCC for organizing the first-ever five-day Prime Minister Youth Camp and Cycle Rally at picturesque Mechukha Valley. He expressed optimism that it would offer a wonderful platform to promote cultural and inter-tribe bonding.
“This gives opportunities to our youth to get acquainted with various tribes of the state and their rich culture and traditions,” CM Khandu said on the occasion.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu also expressed concern over the slow pace of work on the Tato to Mechukha 2-lane highway in the Shi-Yomi district and said that the state government has taken up the matter seriously.
The CM also inaugurated several projects including the Civil Terminal Building at the Mechukha airstrip. The foundation stones were also laid for 4 projects including the District Secretariat at Tato. State Assembly Speaker PD Sona, Education Minister Taba Tedir and legislators Laisam Simai, Zignu Namchoom, Kento Jini and Jekke Tako were present at the occasion.
The Home Minister Shri Amit Shah after launching the Vibrant Villages programme in the border village of Kibithoo in Arunachal Pradesh, India’s easternmost place, praised the valour of army and ITBP saying that they ensure that no one can encroach even an inch of India’s land. The era when anyone could encroach on India’s land has passed and no one can dare to eye its border.
He said border areas are the top priority of the Modi Government, pointing to the infrastructure and other development works carried out in the Northeast. Paying homage to the martyrs of Kibithoo who laid down their lives during the 1962 war, Shah said they fought with indomitable spirit despite the lack of resources.
China firmly opposes the Indian official’s visit to Zangnan as Zangnan is China’s territory and the visit violated China’s territorial sovereignty and is not conducive to peace and tranquillity in the border region,” China Daily, a state-affiliated daily, quoted Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin as stating at a news briefing on Monday.
The Centre has approved the ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’ with central components of Rs 4800 crore including Rs.2500 crore exclusively for road connectivity for the financial years 2022-23 to 2025-26.
The program will help in improving the quality of life of people living in identified border villages and encourage people to stay in their native locations thereby reversing the outmigration from these villages and adding to the security of the border.
A total of 2967 villages in 46 blocks of 19 districts abutting the northern border in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and UT of Ladakh have been identified for comprehensive development under ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’.
As usual China has made statements against the visit of the Union Home Minister. The next visit should be by the Raksha Mantri.