Make border villages vibrant: Governor

ITANAGAR, Sept 29: Governor of Lt. General (Retd) KT Parnaik visited Taksing, one vibrant Border Villages selected under Vibrant Village Pilot programmed in the state, in Upper Subansiri district on Friday.

Addressing a public meeting, he said that the Vibrant Village Programme (VVP) aims at providing all basic facilities at the first village near the border. He said that collaborative efforts should be adopted, involving state administration, armed forces and villagers to make them vibrant.

He further said that facilities must be shared amongst the stakeholders, while acknowledging that villagers in Arunachal Pradesh have very cordial relations with armed forces at the border.

He assured Taksing villagers to give top priority to road connectivity, which was received with a loud cheer. He exhorted them to plan and build up for future by developing infrastructure, tourist attractions, community halls and become ‘Atma Nirbhar’

He said that many programmes and schemes are in the pipeline, but to make them successful, it will require contribution and involvement of the people. He urged the villages to participate in developmental process to help the Govt officials involved in the VVP.

Her appealed to goan burahs, PRI members and Govt officials to assist in eradication of TB, cancer and drug addictions. He recommended setting up of village volunteers, particularly womenfolk, who can be trained in health care, hygiene and sanitation. They will be rewarded with incentives by the state Govt, he said.

He urged the villagers to harness the horticultural and agricultural potential of the area. He said that surplus produce can be sold to armed forces posted in the border areas. This will ensure fresh vegetables for the armed force personnel and economic empowerment of the villagers in border villages.

He emphasized education and games and sports activities at the village level. He advised the villagers to take care of their children’s education. They must give them a wholesome upbringing at home, so that they imbibe the teaching at school.

ADC Takar Rava, and Nah Welfare Society president Keru Chader also spoke.

He interacted with district HoDS present and advised them to sincerely ensure that benefits reached the last person in the queue.

Earlier, on reaching at Taksing village on foot, he interacted with self-help groups and saw the exhibits, which includes fresh fruits, vegetables and prepared food products. As a goodwill gesture, the Governor made contributions towards the self-help groups. He also visited the Government upper primary school, Taksing and interacted with the students and teachers of the school. He expressed hope that educational infrastructure will improve under the Vibrant Village Programme very soon. (PRO)

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