Arunachal Pradesh to celebrate 34th Statehood Day on February 20. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be flying to the capital city, Itanagar, to attend the celebrations. According to officials, Shah will also be launching a number of projects during his visit, in addition to laying the foundation stone of the new headquarters of Arunachal Pradesh police. Kiren Rijiju, Union Sports Minister, will also be attending the celebration.
Did you know that Arunachal Pradesh was known as the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA)? In 1972, NEFA became a Union Territory. In 1975, it acquired a legislature, and finally on 20th February 1987, statehood was conferred on Arunachal Pradesh. Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister then, and it became the 25th State of the Union of India.
Area-wise, the largest among the Northeastern states, it is a biodiversity hotspot. The State shares a total of 1630 km of international boundary with neighbouring countries; 1030 km with China, 160 km with Bhutan and 440 km with Myammar. The McMohan line defines the international boundary between India and China. Administratively, the State is divided into seventeen districts.