Namsai (Arunachal): Namsai on Tuesday officially became the 18th district of Arunachal Pradesh as Chief Minister Nabam Tuki made the declaration amidst jubilation at an inauguration function here.
"It is a day to rejoice for the people of this beautiful place as their long cherished dream is fulfilled," Tuki, clad in traditional Khampti attire, said as he received a thunderous applause from the people gathered on the occasion.
The Poi Pee Mau festival ground was agog with enthusiasm as thousands of people thronged the venue to be a part of the grand celebration.
Namsai reverberated with the sounds of Kongpat (Kampti dhol), Paiseng (cymbal), Yammong (Gong), while Khampti youth draped in royal robe (Along-Nagfi) were the cynosure of all eyes.
"The district was created to bring administration to people's doorsteps despite opposition from various quarters," Tuki said and congratulated the people and the lawmakers of the district on the occasion.
He said Lohit district was created from erstwhile Lohit Frontier tract and later three new districts ? Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley and Anjaw was created from it.
"Namsai being the youngest child deserves more care and affection from the parents (government) and we are committed to provide all support to make it a model district," he said.
The chief minister exhorted the officials to prepare a master plan for the new district and the state government would extend all possible help.
Giving a genesis of the history of the district, Tuki recalled the contributions of various former stalwarts and maintained that Namsai would soon become an education hub of the state with various educational institutions in the pipeline.
"The Lord Mahabodhi College will change the district into an abode of Buddhist teachings," he said as he highlighted highlight various initiatives of the government through numerous flagship programmes.
The state Assembly on March 20 passed the district re-organisation Bill for creation of Namsai district and notification was issued on July 15 last and the formal announcement was made during the 68th Independence Day celebration on August 15.