MHA Secy Atal Dulloo visits Leh to assess progress on Vibrant Villages Prog
Leh, 12 Sep (CNI) : Atal Dulloo, the Secretary of Border Management in the Union Home Ministry visied to Chushul, Maan, Merak, Urgo, and Tangtse villages in the Pangong area to assess the progress of Vibrant Villages Programme, a centrally sponsored scheme.
The programme, launched on February 15 this year, is aimed at comprehensive development of select villages in 46 blocks in 19 districts in the northern border in the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and the UT of Ladakh.
Accompanied by Additional Director General of ITBP Manoj Singh Rawat and senior security and civil administration officials from Ladakh, Dulloo engaged in discussions with members of Panchayati Raj Institutions and local residents.
He said the public highlighted several pressing demands, including the installation of mobile towers to address absence of internet facilities, development of tourist destinations and land allocation for the construction of rest houses to support their livelihood, as there are limited avenues for earning a living in the region & additionally, requests for a dedicated block for Chushul, solar-powered housing, hand pumps, and guesthouses were put forth, the spokesman said, adding the locals also emphasized the need for the area to be declared an international border, enabling their children to access employment opportunities in border-related sectors.
Dulloo assured the people that their demands would be taken up with the relevant authorities for resolution, reiterating the Government’s commitment to address the needs and aspirations of the people living in these border areas.
Advisor UT Ladakh, Dr Pawan Kotwal, Principal Secretary Sanjeev Khirwar, Additional Director General, Western Command, ITBP, Administrative Secretaries, and other officers from ITBP, BRO, CPWD and concerned officials of the UT Administration attended the meeting.(CNI)