Vibrant Villages Programme

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    • Recently, the Union Home Minister asked BSF for efforts to increase tourism through a ‘vibrant village programme’ to enhance border security.
      • He also launched the Prahari app for the Border Security Force (BSF).

    About the Prahari app

    • It is a great example of Proactive Governance. 
    • Jawans can get personal information and information related to accommodation, Ayushmann-CAPF and leaves on their mobiles.
    • It will also include information related to the availability of Bio Data, Grievance redressal on the “Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System” (CP-GRAMS) and information on various welfare schemes.

    About Vibrant Villages Programme

    • Background:
      • It was announced in the Budget Speech 2022.
    • Coverage:
      • The programme envisages coverage of border villages on the Northern border having sparse populations, limited connectivity and infrastructure, which often get left out from the development gains. 
    • Significance
      • It should be used by all border-guarding forces to encourage tourism in border villages, to make them self-reliant and vibrant.

    Border Security Force (BSF) 

    • It is India’s border guarding forces along the borders of Pakistan and Bangladesh.
    • Administrative Control: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    • Purpose: It was raised in the wake of the 1965 War on 1 December 1965 as India’s first line of defence for ensuring the security of the borders of India and for matters connected therewith.
    • Deployment: On-Line of Control (LoC) along with the Indian Army and in Anti-Naxal Operations.
    • Officials: The BSF has its own cadre of officers but its head, designated as a Director-General (DG), since its raising has been an officer from the Indian Police Service (IPS).

    Border Area Development Programme (BADP)

    • The Government of India is implementing the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) through the State Governments/UT Administrations in habitations located within 0-10 km.
    • The annual action plans of the States/UTs consisting of works related to village infrastructure like roads and bridges, health, education, agriculture, sports, drinking water & sanitation etc. are considered and approved as per BADP guidelines.
    • It covers 460 border blocks of 117 border districts in 16 States and 2 UTs: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir (UT) and Ladakh (UT).

    Source: TH