Arunachal Assembly passes Bill for 3 new districts
Itanagar, Aug 29: The Assembly today passed the important Arunachal Pradesh Re-Organisation of Districts (Amendment) Bill 2018 by voice votes, paving way for creation of three new districts namely Pakke-Kesang, Lepa Rada and Shi Yomi.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein introduced the Bill in the house yesterday along with two other bills. Arunachal Pradesh as of now has 22 districts.
The Pakke-Kessang district will be carved out of East Kameng district with five administrative units namely Pakke-Kessangn, Seijosa, Pijiriang, Passa Valley and Dissingn Passo with district headquarters at Lemmi.
The Lepa Rada district would be created by bifurcating the Lower Siang district with headquarters at Basar. The district would have four administrative units – Tirbin, Basar, Daring and Sago.
The Shi-Yomi district would be created by bifurcating the West Siang district with its headquarters at Tato. The district would have four administrative units namely Mechuka, Tato, Pidi and Manigong.
Participating in the discussion Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that the government is for all round development of the people and creation of three new districts is in that direction.
Stating that creating infrastructure for the new districts is a daunting task, the chief minister called upon the members to focus on revenue generation.
Khandu said, creation of the new districts was necessary keeping in view the growing demands of the people and to bring administration to their door-steps for all-round development.
Earlier, Mein while highlighting the growth of the state since NEFA days, said that creation of new districts from initial five districts continued as per requirement of the people and to sow the seeds of development equally in all parts of the state.
“The government is committed to maintain the developmental tempo and efforts are being made to develop the border areas and that is why the demand for a Frontier Highway in the state is growing and steps are n to link Arunachal with ASEAN countries,” the deputy chief minister said. He also lauded the members of the house for their constructive opinions.