Himachal Pradesh came into being on 15th April 1948
as a centrally administrative territory by the integration
of 30 princely states. On 1st November 1966, its area
was increased by merger of districts of Kangra, Shimla,
Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti and some other areas from Punjab
and Haryana. On 15th January 1971, Himachal Pradesh
attained Statehood and today it has twelve districts.
The state's announcement of a new industrial policy
in December 2004 has marked a watershed in its efforts
to open its economy, moving to the centre stage of national
and international business. The State Government is
currently bringing about further changes to accelerate
the process of administrative and economic reforms and
strengthen the in flow of domestic and foreign investment
into the state.