Revised guidelines for border area development
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 20:30
Shillong: The Centre has issued revised guidelines to border states for the development of villages located up to ten kilometers of the international border.

As per the revised guidelines, the state governments concerned shall arrange to utilize the border area development programme funds only in those villages of the border blocks, which are located within 0-10 km from the international border, an official statement here said.

Those villages, which are located nearer to the international border, will get first priority. After setting up basic infrastructure in these villages, the next set of villages located within 0-15 km and 0-20 km would be taken up, it said.

According to the guidelines, if the first village in a block is located at a far away location from the international border, the first village or hamlet in the block may be taken as 0 km distance village for drawing the priority list.

The revised guidelines of the BADP came into force with effect from the 2009-10 financial year.

The Centre has been implementing the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) in the border blocks, through 17 state governments having land borders with neighbouring countries.

The BADP emphasizes focussed socio-economic development of border areas which are generally underdeveloped.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 20:30

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