Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh got its 17th
district with the state assembly today passing out the `The
Arunachal Pradesh (Re-Organization of Districts) (Amendment)
Bill,` 2011 by voice vote.
Longding, the new district has been carved out of the
present insurgency - hit Tirap district, and its headquarters
would be set up at Longding, one of the oldest sub-divisional
With the new district, the total number of districts in
the state rose to 17.
The district sharing border with Myanmar and Nagaland,
is inhabited by the Wancho community who are dependent mainly
on jhum cultivation.
With low productivity the district was considered as one
of the most backward districts in the state.
"The state government had constituted a high power
committee on June 23, 2010 for finalizing the boundary and
creating the said district. Accordingly, the committee on
August 11, 2010 had submitted its report and recommended for
creation of the district," Gamlin said while participating in
The new district would comprise the administrative units
of Longding, Kanubari, Pongchau, Wakka, Pumao and Lawnu
excluding Naitong Village which falls under Borduria Village
Reserve forest, he said.
"The creation of the new district will meet the
aspiration and long felt demand of the people and also enable
the government to run the administration effectively to
achieve speedy development in all fronts," Gamlin added.