Addressing the Members of Consultative Committee attached to the Home Ministry, on 24JUL12 Sh. P. Chidambaram, Union Home Minister informed that border area management is possible only when economic and infrastructural development takes place in the border areas.
Referring to the Border Area Development Programme (BADP), the Minister informed the members that Rs. 990 crore has been allocated for BADP for the year 2012-13 which is Rs. 90 crore more than the last year’s allocation. The BADP covers 358 blocks of 96 border districts of 17 States located along the international Land Border. The programme is a 100% centrally sponsored scheme. Funds are provided to the states as a non-lapsable special central assistance for execution of projects relating to infrastructure, livelihood, education, health, agriculture and allied sector. Funds are released to the States in two installments i.e. first installment of 90% and second of 10% amount of the allocation.
Sh. Chidambaram informed the Committee that in pursuance of Group of Ministers’ Recommendation to reduce inter-Border Out Post (BOP) distance to 3.5 KM, the Government has approved construction of additional 509 BOPs -383 on Indo Bangladesh Border and 126 on Indo-Pakistan Border.
The work is targeted to be completed by 2013-2014 with the BOPs to be provided with better communication and infrastructural facilities.
The following members of Consultative Committee were present at the Meeting: Dr. Ashok Sekhar Ganguly, Sh. Bhubaneswar Kalita, Sh. H.K. Dua, Sh. Mohd. Ali Khan, Sh. Om Prakash Mathur, Sh. P. Kannan, Sh. Rishang Keishing, Sh. Thomas Sangma, and Sh. Vinay Katiyar, from Rajya Sabha and Sh. D.B. Chandre Gowda, Sh. K. Sudhakaran, Sh. M. Venugopala Reddy, Dr. Chinta Mohan, Sh. N. Dharam Singh, Dr. Rattan Singh Ajnala, Sh. Sheesh Ram Ola and Dr. Thokchom Meinya from Lok Sabha. Ministers of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Shri Mullapally Ramachandran and Shri Jitender Singh and senior officers of the Ministry and Border Guarding Force were also present.