The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Wednesday passed the Arunachal Pradesh Re-Organization of Districts (Amendment) Bill, 2018, paving the way for creation of three new districts in the State.
The Arunachal Pradesh Re-Organization of Districts (Amendment) Bill 2018 for the creation of three new districts was introduced in the state Assembly on Tuesday.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein introduced the Bill in the Assembly for creation of new districts of Pakke-Kessang, Lepa Rada and Shi Yomi in the State.
After nearly seven hours of long discussion, the Assembly passed the bill by voice vote.
Arunachal Pradesh will have 25 districts after creation of the three new 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 Dissing 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.
Arunachal Pradesh at present has 22 districts.
Participating in the discussion, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that the three new districts were created for the welfare of the people.
Khandu also said that locals have already agreed to donate land for infrastructure development of the district headquarters.
He said these formalities were discussed threadbare with the local residents before initiating the move for the creation of the new districts.
Regarding the expenditure involved in development of infrastructure for newly created districts, the Chief Minister said, there would be no immediate financial expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of the state.
The existing government infrastructure shall be used as minimum required infrastructure for running the district administration in the newly created three districts, Khandu further added.