Gangtok, May 21: Central Assistance for Border Area Development Programmes (BADP) has been enhanced from Rs 990cr in 2016-17 to Rs 1,100cr in the current financial year, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said this while chairing the review meeting of Chief Ministers bordering with China, in Gangtok.
Indo-China border is undemarcated, extremely cold with very difficult terrain and thus it is more important that impetus should be given to boost up infrastructure and peace in the border areas. He stressed upon the development of model villages in the border areas and said that innovative and concrete proposals are welcome. Implementation of Border Areas Development Programme (BADP) projects and construction of border infrastructures are being taken up with high priority.
The Chief Minister of Sikkim, Pawan Kumar Chamling said that the army, paramilitary and the government of Sikkim are implementing a number of schemes under the BADP which are designed to meet the special developmental needs of the people living in remote and inaccessible border areas. Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu also briefed the Union Minister on the issues related to development.Singh informed that the MHA is focusing on modern villages, and stated that in the last financial year, 41 model villages were created for which a financial allocation of Rs. 92 cr was made. He further urged the State Governments to submit maximum proposals for model villages to the Central Government. He further added that the issues concerning border areas are to be jointly addressed by the State and the Central Government in a coordinated way. He stated that any hindrances like land acquisitions, forest clearances and allocation of quarries should be sorted out diligently and in a time bound manner by the State Government with support from the Central Government.
Earlier, the Home Minister visited Nathula Pass and addressed a Sainik Sabha during his visit to the ITBP Border Out Post (BOP). Rajnath Singh also laid the foundation stone of various ITBP projects in Gangtok.