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Posted at: Jul 12, 2018, 3:58 PM; last updated: Jul 12, 2018, 3:58 PM (IST)

Centre sanctions fund for developing ‘Model Villages’ in border areas

Tribune News Service 
New Delhi, July 12

The Centre launched on Thursday a scheme for developing  "Model Villages" in border areas that will be implemented in 61 settlements that have been identified for the first phase of the projct.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sanctioned Rs 126 crore for building infrastructure in the fields of health care, education, roads, power and drinking water supply etc.

A senior MHA official said the decisions were taken at a meeting to review schemes being implemented under Border Area Development Programme. The meeting, which was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, attended by Secretary level officer from 17 states having international border and also District Magistrates of 25 border districts.

Calling people living in frontier villages as "Strategic Assets", Mr Singh impressed upon officials create all infrastructure and social conditions to make villagers life vibrant and comfortable, the official said.

"The outlay under this Programme has been increased to Rs. 1,100 crore in 2017-18 from Rs. 990 crore in 2015-16. For comprehensive and all-round development of border villages, it has been decided to develop 61 model villages for which Rs. 126 crores have been released to the State Governments.," the MHA said in a statement. 

It further said that additional funds would also be made available as required.

"Each model village will provide all basic facilities like primary health centre, primary education, community centre, connectivity, drainage, drinking water, etc. to enable sustainable living in border areas," it added.

During the meeting Mr Singh also launched BADP Online Management System for better planning, monitoring and implementation of various projects under BADP. "Border States can submit their respective Annual Action Plans online and receive approvals from MHA in electronic mode which will bring in transparency in the sanction process and improve quality of planning and implementation,” the statement said.

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