INDIA: On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee and the 36th Statehood Day celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of Arunachal Pradesh in a series of tweets and a video message.
He praised them for strengthening their identity as the ‘land of the rising sun’ over the past 50 years. He also quoted lines from the famous song ‘Arunachal Hamara’ written by Bharat Ratna Awardee Dr. Bhupen Hazarika.
Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi praised the state for promoting the feeling of patriotism & social harmony and for preserving the cultural legacy of India. “Be it the Anglo-Abor war or the security of the border after independence, the tales of valour of the people of Arunachal are a priceless heritage for every Indian”, he said while paying tributes to the martyrs from Arunachal Pradesh who laid down their lives for the country.
Recalling his many visits to Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Modi expressed satisfaction with the pace of development under the Chief Ministership of Mr. Pema Khandu. “The Path of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas will ensure a better future for Arunachal Pradesh”, he said.
He also expressed his belief that Eastern India, specially North-Eastern India will be the engine of India’s development in the 21st century. Remarking on the developmental steps undertaken during the last 7 years, he said that extensive work was being done in the field of connectivity and power infrastructure that is easing livelihoods and businesses.
“We are working with full force to make Arunachal a major gateway to East Asia. In view of the strategic role of Arunachal, modern infrastructure is being built in the state”, said PM Modi.
Praising the people of the state for progressing in harmony with nature and culture, he said, “Due to your efforts, Arunachal is one of the most important areas of Bio-Diversity”.
The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction with Mr. Khandu’s efforts for development in health, education, skill development, women empowerment, and self-help groups of Arunachal Pradesh. He lauded the Union Law Minister Shri Kiren Rijiju for working for the development and welfare of the state. He also assured of his commitment to realising Arunachal’s tourism potential at the global level.
Arunachal Pradesh was formerly known as the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) and was part of Assam until it was made a Union Territory in 1972 and a full-fledged state on February 20, 1987.
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