Mana village in Uttarakhand, which was previously recognized as the last Indian village, will now be acknowledged as the “first Indian village.” The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has installed a signboard at the entrance of the border village to declare Mana’s updated status. This decision comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi supported Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami’s assertion that Mana was the first village in the country, and all border villages should be recognized as such. PM Modi, who visited Mana in October last year, stated that areas that were previously viewed as the end of the country’s borders should now be viewed as the beginning of the country’s prosperity.
Vibrant Villages Programme: Northern border of India
- The Vibrant Villages Programme is designed to uplift the standard of living for residents in selected border communities.
- The programme aims to develop a total of 2967 villages situated in 46 blocks of 19 districts located on the northern border of India.
- The programme covers border communities in states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh, as well as the Union Territory of Ladakh.
- The goal is to develop infrastructure, provide basic amenities, and enhance the overall living conditions in these villages.
- The programme will focus on providing better access to healthcare, education, and clean drinking water.
- The Vibrant Villages Programme will also aim to promote rural tourism and generate employment opportunities in the border communities.
- This programme aligns with the government’s vision of improving the standard of living in rural areas and promoting inclusive growth.
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