Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded efforts made by the people of Arunachal to come forward and surrender arms in the “Arunachal Pradesh Airgun Surrender Campaign” in his Mann Ki Baat address on Sunday.

“Dear countrymen, the people of Arunachal Pradesh have been running a unique campaign for a year and have named it ‘Arunachal Pradesh Airgun Surrender Campaign’. In this campaign, people are voluntarily surrendering their airguns – Do you know why? So that indiscriminate hunting of birds can be stopped in Arunachal Pradesh,” said PM Modi.

“Friends, Arunachal Pradesh is home to more than 500 species of birds. These include some indigenous species, which are not found anywhere else in the world. But gradually, now the number of birds in the forests has started declining. This airgun surrender campaign is going on now to rectify this very situation,” Narendra Modi added.

“During the past few months, from the hills to the plains, from one community to the other, people everywhere in the state welcomed it with open arms. The people of Arunachal have voluntarily surrendered more than 1600 airguns,” said the PM, then commending and congratulating the people of the state.

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