Rajnath Singh to participate in festivities at Itanagar as Arunachal celebrates its 31st Statehoood Day today
It was a little more than 3 decades back, on 20th February 1987, that Arunachal Pradesh attained statehood to become the 24th state of Federal India. The British had given formal recognition to this areas as the North East Frontier Tracts (NEFT) with a separate administrative unit. Post Independence in 1954, a full scale administration of the area was inaugurated and NEFT came to be known as North East Frontier Agency (NEFA). Late in 1971, NEFA was renamed as Arunachal Pradesh and subsequently in 1972, it became the Union Territory of the Republic of India. Thereafter, Arunachal Pradesh became a full-fledged State with a Legislative Assembly and a government on the pattern of popular governments in other states.
The State is known as a home to numerous tribes. A mega biodiversity hot-spot, the State has been blessed with some of the most enchanting natural beauty. From Tawang in the west to Anjaw in the east, the mighty rivers and waterfalls, the rare orchids, the diverse fauna, the dense forests, all go on to prove that the State is Mother Nature’s favourite child – a tag through which the state is commonly referred to.
Today, the State is developing leaps and bounds, though a lot still needs to be done. It is a major produce of Kiwi, Apple, Cardamom and Orange in the country and is aptly referred to as the Organic Hub and the Fruit Bowl of India. It also has the highest number of rare medicinal plants.
Under the stewardship of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, the State is on the threshold of unfolding mega development oriented initiatives like the two lane Trans Arunachal highway, the 500 bedded Tomo Riba Hospital, Medical College, six upgraded Advance Landing Grounds ready to be used for both defence and civilian purposes, a University and lot more. The Infrastructure is coming up in a big way with roads health and educational services, agriculture and horticulture facilities, power, tourism growing manifold by the day. The State is soon set to become the Hydro Capital of India, with a hydropoer potential of about 50000 MW, of which 710 MW will be generated by the end of 2017.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu is today leading a series of events to mark the auspicious celebrations of the 31st Statehood Day. ‘Purvottar’ wishes the State Government and all its citizens great future of development ahead.