Union Home Ministry has released Rs 167 crore to nine states – Rajasthan, Punjab, West Bengal, Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Sikkim – under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP).
About Border Area Development Programme (BADP):
BADP is fully funded by Central Government. Under this programme, development work is carried out in all villages which are located within the 0-10 km of the international border. 17 states of India have an international border.
- Priority (for speedy development of infrastructure) is given to those villages which are identified by border guarding forces.
- Development work permitted under BAPD include construction of helipads in areas which are not accessible by road, skill development training to local farmers, work related to swatchhta aabhiyan, promotion of sports, rural tourism and border tourism.
- BADP was started in the year 1986-87 for development of border areas of States bordering Pakistan – Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Gradually it was extended to all states having international border.
- BADP is implemented by Department of Border Management under Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Rs. 167 crore released to nine states under BADP:
All these nine states have an international border. Funds released under BADP will be used for development of infrastructure in forward areas of these states.
- Rajasthan and Punjab share border with Pakistan while West Bengal, Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya share boundary with Bangladesh.
- Himachal Pradesh shares border with China. Bihar shares border with Nepal while Sikkim shares border with Nepal and Bhutan.
- Earlier, in second week of December 2017, Union Home Ministry had released Rs 174 crore to six states – Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Manipur, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh – under BADP.