Pema Khandu
Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurating the newly-created Shi Yomi district on Sunday. Image credit - Northeast Now

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Sunday inaugurated the newly-created Shi Yomi district in presence of Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Arunachal Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and BJP State president Tapir Gao at Tato.

Shi Yomi is one out of the three new districts recently created by the Government in the State which now has total 25 districts.

The other two recently formed districts are Lepa Rada and Pakke-Kesang.

Congratulating the people of Shi Yomi, Chief Minister Khandu said the task of building the new district has started now. He urged all the local communities – Memba, Adi and Tagin – of the new district to think in one line and walk together to build a prosperous and developed district.

“The district, which has been curved out of Mechuka, Pidi, Tato and Monigong circles of West Siang district, was a long-felt demand, which the subsequent State Government failed to fulfill. Owing to its large geographical area, inaccessible terrains and the district headquarters Aalo being far from these four circles, the State Assembly gave its assent to the creation of this new district,” Khandu said.

Thanking the people for donating land for Government establishments for free, the Chief Minister urged to set priorities right as the Government can’t afford lavish spending.

He promised that in the coming budget session, provision for funds for the development of infrastructure will be kept.

For the development of crucial infrastructure required for immediate functioning of the district headquarters, the CM assured to sanction the required funds.

Following the inauguration, the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Mechuka read out the notification for creation of Shi Yomi district. This was followed by ceremonial flag handover to the Deputy Commissioner M Dirchi and Superintendent of Police G Dajangju of the newly created district by Chief Secretary Satya Gopal and Director General of Police S B K Singh respectively.

To celebrate the occasion, a mega dance was performed by the local women and students.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at:

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