New Delhi: Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah, presided over the 34th Statehood Day celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh in Itanagar today. “On this statehood day of Arunachal and Mizoram, I want to assure the people that article 371 would not be removed from the North East. Such rumours are only a ploy to drive a wedge between the Northeast and rest of the country. We would never let such mischievous things succeed,” said Shah.
The Home Minister said that it was PM Modi who decided for the first time after independence that every fortnight a Union Minister would visit the Northeast and review the development works on the ground. The Home Minister expressed pride that till now Arunachal Pradesh has witnessed over 200 visits by Union Ministers in the last 5 years. This includes over 30 visits by the Prime Minister himself to the Northeast, which Shah said was unheard of till now and has thus brought the focus of development to the region.
Talking about the PM’s vision of connecting Northeast – especially Arunachal – with the country, HM Shah said the Government of India is committed to safeguarding the fundamental rights, culture, heritage, and traditions of all 27 tribes and over 120 sub-tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. He also pointed out that after the removal of article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir a lot of rumour-mongering happened in the Northeast that article 371 would also be removed.
Cleanest Village awards were also given away to seven villages: Norbuling, Natun Kheti, Yaglung, Tikhak Taipi, Singchung, Namet, and Nongtaw Shyam. Expressing confidence that the launch of Arunachal Pradesh Industrial & Investment Policy, 2020, will boost economic growth in the State, Shah said that with this fast-paced growth Arunachal will play an important role in achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of India becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2024.
Watch Home Minister Amit Shah’s full speech at the 34th Statehood Day Function of Arunachal Pradesh in Itanagar below:
Other dignitaries gracing the occasion included Brig. (Retd) B. D. Mishra, Governor, Arunachal Pradesh; Union Minister of State (MoS) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh; MoS for Youth and Sports Affairs, Kiren Rijiju; Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu; Chairman, NEC, and Finance Minister, Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma; among others.
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