Centre launches border development programme

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New Delhi, Sep 20: The Centre has launched Border Area Development Programme (BADP) in 17 states in wake of repeated border violation by neighbouring countries including China, a home ministry official said.

"The objectives of BADP are to meet the special development needs of the people living in remote and inaccessible areas situated near the international border," a Home Ministry official said.

The project also aims at saturating the border areas with basic essential infrastructure through the convergence of Central or State governments schemes or BADP and through participatory approach.

The villages located nearer to international border will get first priority. After saturating these villages with basic infrastructure, the next set of villages located within 0-15 km and 0-20 km would be taken up, the official said.

"The BADP emphasises the focused socio-economic development in the border areas and has brought confidence and belongingness among the border population," the official added.

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