New Delhi: “People from different states of India have different ways of greeting each other, but only Arunachalis greet each other with ‘Jai Hind’, which is a shining example of patriotic fervour for the rest of India,” said Amit Shah, Union Minister for Home Affairs, in Itanagar while presiding over the 34th Statehood Day celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh today.
The Home Minister inaugurated a bouquet of projects and schemes for the State, including the launch of Arunachal Pradesh Industrial and Investment Policy, 2020; laying the foundation stone for Police Headquarters at Itanagar; construction of new apartments for MLAs and residential complexes for senior government officers in Chimpu, worth over Rs. 140 crores; façade lighting of AP Civil secretariat complex, Joram-Koloriang road of BRO falling under Lower Subansiri; 256-slice CT Scanner at TRIHMS, Naharlagun and inter-state truck terminal near ISBT, Naharlagun; flagging off 148 sanitation vehicles for all urban towns of Arunachal Pradesh.
Talking about the strategic and cultural importance of the Northeast for India, Home Minister Shah said India’s culture and heritage is incomplete and handicapped without the culture of different tribes of this region. Before 2014, Northeast was integrated only on geographical and administrative terms with the rest of India, Shah said, adding that it was only after Modi became the Prime Minister that the Northeast developed an emotional connect with the rest of India, and there is no difference between the two now.
Shah remarked that every Indian believes that development of the North East region and its people is the prime responsibility of the whole country, and added that, every citizen of the Northeast believes that the safety and security of the extensive border regions of the country in the Northeast are their responsibility.
HM Shah noted that such an emotional connect with rest of India should have developed long ago, but the Northeast was used only as an aid to form and bring down governments in the past. As soon as Modi became the PM, the government took decisive steps for the development of this region, building it as an impregnable wall in ensuring the safety and security of the nation and truly integrating its culture and tradition with that of the country.
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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