ITANAGAR, 20 Jan: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Thursday organized the inaugural programme of the golden jubilee celebration of the naming of Arunachal Pradesh, in Lower Subansiri HQ Ziro, where the state got its name and union territory status on 20 January, 1972.
The erstwhile North-East Frontier Agency was notified as a union territory and renamed as Arunachal Pradesh in Ziro by then prime minister Indira Gandhi on 20 January that year. “On 28th February, 1972, at Shillong, Indira Gandhi declared Itanagar as the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, the beginning of political, social, cultural development in the tribal state of Arunachal Pradesh,” the APCC stated in a press release.
Arunachal was declared as the 24th state of the Indian union on 20 February, 1987, by then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
“The APCC remembers and acknowledges the founders and contributors during the days of long struggles and suffering and all the former panchayat leaders, councillors, senior citizens, political leaders and others for their hard work and dedicated services for the all-round development of the society and state as a whole,” the APCC stated in a release.