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Itanagar, February 20, 2020
Union Home Minister Amit Shah today reiterated the Government’s commitment to safeguard the fundamental rights, culture, heritage and traditions of all the 27 tribes and more than 120 sub-tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.
Presiding over the 34th Statehood Day celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh, Shah said that, after the removal of article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, a lot of rumour-mongering took place in the Northeast that article 371 would also be removed.
"On this statehood day of Arunachal and Mizoram, I want to assure the people that article 371 would not be removed from the North East. Such rumours are only a ploy to drive a wedge between the Northeast and rest of the country. We will not let such mischievous things succeed ever," he said.
Talking about the government's efforts to bring a lasting solution to the lingering problems of the Northeast, he said before the Modi government came to power, 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. 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 to 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. 1500 crores for the Bodo people.
"Such developments would bring lasting peace and development to the Northeast. Talking about the steps taken by the government for strengthening of national security, he cited construction of ITBP border posts and headquarters, along with the construction of NDRF battalion headquarters, among others.
"During the Modi regime the developmental budget allocation for the Northeast in the Finance Commission saw a sharp rise of over 200% during the 14th FC, as compared to the 13th Finance Commission. In addition, there has been a rise of 24% in union budget allocation, a 65% rise in the DoNER Ministry budget and in the last 5 years, 477 new projects worth over Rs. 3500 crore have become operational in the Northeast.
"In a recent decision, 33% of the NEC budget would be allocated for the development of backward villages that are still deprived of facilities like toilets, electricity, roads, LPG and drinking water," he said.
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 of 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.
He also flagged off 148 sanitation vehicles for all urban towns of Arunachal Pradesh. Cleanest Village awards were also given away to seven villages of Norbuling, Natun Kheti, Yaglung, Tikhak Taipi, Singchung, Namet and Nongtaw Shyam. Expressing confidence that the launch of Arunachal Pradesh industrial and investment policy 2020 will boost economic growth in the State, Shah said that with this fast-paced growth Arunachal will play an important role in achieving Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision of India becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2024.