New Delhi: Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah, presided over the 34th Statehood Day celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh in Itanagar today. “Northeast would become ‘Samasya Mukt’ (free of all problems) by 2024. There would be no dispute, only a golden future for a developed Northeast. Arunachal, the Land of the Rising Sun, would become the harbinger of growth for the entire region,” Shah said.
Talking about the government’s efforts to bring a lasting solution to the lingering problems of the Northeast, the Home Minister said that before the Modi government came to power, the Northeast was identified with insurgency, extremism, separatism, blockades, corruption, ethnical tensions, drugs, and arms trafficking. The region is now famous in the whole world for its infrastructure development, connectivity, a boost to sports, Act East policy, and organic farming.
HM Shah said the bold steps taken by the government included the India-Bangladesh land boundary agreement; ending of the Manipur blockade; solution to the Bru-Reang ethnic crisis to bring them into mainstream; surrender of over 8 armed groups with 644 cadres in Assam and ending the Bodo issue by signing an agreement; and giving a developmental package of over Rs. 1,500 crores for the Bodo people. Such developments would bring lasting peace and development to the Northeast under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, said Amit Shah.
Talking about the steps taken by the government for strengthening of national security, Home Minister Shah cited construction of ITBP border posts and headquarters, along with the construction of NDRF battalion headquarters, among others.
Concluding his remarks, the Home Minister said that PM Modi is focused on finding lasting solutions to the problems of the Northeast, including interstate issues, inter-tribe issues, border disputes, extremism, and insurgency.
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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