ITANAGAR, March 17 - Union Ministry of Home Affairs has selected 18 border villages in Arunachal Pradesh for development as model villages. Besides this, the frontier State is also going to get a number of other economic packages, besides setting up of an NDRF battalion.
Under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP), Singbir village in West Siang district and Gelling in Upper Siang district will be adopted as model villages in the first phase, for which a total of Rs 23.14 crore has been sanctioned. This was divulged by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju here on Friday.
The rest 16 villages have been sanctioned Rs 2 crore each. The model villages will have all basic amenities and will focus on all priority sectors like health, education, water, electricity, infrastructure, etc.
The funds for this stand separated from the regular BADP funds that are funded annually to border areas, informed Rijiju.
Understanding the immense contribution of Vivekananda Kendra Vidhyalayas (VKVs) in the field of education over the last many decades in the State, the MHA also sanctioned a total of Rs 80 crore for establishing new VKVs as well as upgrading the existing VKVs.
A sum of Rs 60 crore has been sanctioned for establishment of new VKVs at Anini, Lazu, Nafra and Mukto, while the rest will be utilised to upgrade the existing VKVs at Amliang, Niusa, Koloriang and Chayangtajo.
Stating that most of the ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) deployment was in Arunachal Pradesh, Rijiju informed that for better management of Indo-China border, the frontier headquarters of ITBP will now be shifted from Shillong to Itanagar.
He added that the sector headquarters of ITBP will be established at Likabali and the battalion headquarters will be now retained at Basar instead of shifting to Dibrugarh as decided earlier.
Arunachal Pradesh will now have an NDRF Battalion, the headquarters of which will be established at Holongi, Itanagar for Rs 153 crore. The State will also get two IR Battalions of its own.
Rijiju also informed that for strengthening of police infrastructure in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts, a revised project cost of Rs 212.85 crore has been sanctioned.