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    Districts abutting China earmarked for Border Area Development plan

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    Projects in strategically important villages, identified by border guarding forces like ITBP and BSF, were prioritised, they added.

    Projects in strategically important villages, identified by border guarding forces like ITBP and BSF, were prioritised, they added.
    NEW DELHI: As many as 27 districts in four states — Arunachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory of Ladakh — abutting China have been earmarked as part of the Centre’s border area development plan 2020-21, officials said.

    Projects in strategically important villages, identified by border guarding forces like ITBP and BSF, were prioritised, they added.

    The centre had allotted Rs 783.71 crore in 2020-21 budget for the development of border villages and towns, out of which Rs 190 crore has been set aside for districts on Indo-China border, while the remaining funds were to be utilised for building infrastructure in districts abutting international borders with Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan.

    As per the budget, allocation for the border area development plan in 2019-20 was Rs 824.94 crore.

    “This would help integrate these areas with the hinterland, create a positive perception of care by the country and encourage people to stay on in the border areas, leading to safe and secure borders,” said a senior government official, adding that the development of border areas is now viewed as a part of the comprehensive approach to border management, which focuses on socio-economic development of the people and promotion of a secure environment in the border areas.

    India and China share 3488 km along Arunachal, Sikkim, Himachal, Uttrakhand and Ladakh.
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