While addressing the gathering in Arunachal Pradesh on its 34th Statehood Day, Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah said, “When Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi took the decision of abrogating Article 370, rumours were spread in North-East that Article 371 will also be removed. But on statehood day of Arunachal and Mizoram, I want to assure you that nobody can remove Article 371 and nor it is anybody’s intention.”
Shri Amit Shah also said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, North-East is now connected with our heart and soul. “Before 2014, North- East was connected to India only geographically and through administration, but with Narendra Modi ji as Prime Minister, North-East is now connected with our heart and soul,” he further said.
Shri Amit Shah said at a public meeting at Indira Gandhi Park in state capital Itanagar on 20 February, 2020 that the Union government will not scrap Article 371 of the Constitution, which accords special provision to most states in North-East to preserve their tribal culture.
Shri Shah had given the same assurance during his visit to Guwahati in September last year where he took part in a meeting of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).
“In the last 6 years, development in Arunachal Pradesh has seen fast pace due to collaborative efforts of the government at Centre led by Narendra Modi and the state government headed by Pema Khandu,” Shri Shah said.
Union Home Minister launched the state’s new industrial policy, inaugurated the Joram-Koloriang road constructed by Border Roads Organisation, laid foundation stones of the new police headquarters, housing complex for senior officers, a new truck terminal and flagged off sanitation vehicles.
He listed the development projects initiated by the Centre in northeast and specifically in Arunachal Pradesh in the past five years. He also listed the steps taken by the Khandu-led government. “Our government has sanctioned road construction projects worth more than Rs 50,000 crore in Arunachal Pradesh. An IIT campus in the state worth Rs 430 crores has also been sanctioned,” Shri Shah said.
In his speech, CM Shri Khandu thanked Shri Amit Shah for approving the Hollongi airport — foundation stone of which was laid by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi last year — and keeping the state outside the purview of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
“Despite completing 33 years of statehood, Arunachal Pradesh doesn’t have a separate cadre for IAS and IPS. We need a dedicated team of bureaucrats as ours is a state full of challenges as well as potential,” Shri Khandu said.
Arunachal Pradesh became a full-fledged state on February 20, 1987. Till 1972, it was known as the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA). In 1972, it became a union territory and was named Arunachal Pradesh. Mizoram, another northeastern state, also gained statehood on the same day 34 years ago.
The event was attended by Governor Shri BD Mishra, Chief Minister Shri Pema Khandu, Union Minister for Development of Northeast Region (DONER) Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister for Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju, Convener of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma and Deputy CM Shri Chowna Mein.
Government under the leadership of PM @NarendraModi ji is focused on finding permanent solutions to the long pending issues of the Northeast region.By 2024 the entire region will become ‘Samasya Mukt’. There will be no more disputes, but only a developed & prosperous Northeast.