| Staff REPORTER |
ITANAGAR, Sept 26: Finally, it has been materialized – two years after the State Cabinet under the chairmanship of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had cleared the decks for formation of the new district, Longding.
One of the oldest administrative headquarters in Tirap, Longding, in its new avatar, becomes the 17th district of Arunachal Pradesh with the State Legislative Assembly today unanimously passing ‘The Arunachal Pradesh (Re-Organization of Districts) (Amendment) Bill, 2011’.
Being curved out of present Tirap district, the headquarters of newly created district will be at Longding itself. Located 54 Kms off Khonsa, the HQs of Tirap district, Longding shares boundary with Nagaland andMyanmar, and is being inhabited by the Wancho community who are dependent mainly on jhum (shifting) cultivation. It has 60,000 population.
“The govt had felt it expedient to constitute the separate administrative unit, to be known by the name of Longding district, by bifurcating the same from present Tirap district, considering the fact that the area produces very low productivity which kept the people far from the modern development thus attributing to their economically backwardness.
For the said purpose, the Cabinet had on7th August 2009approved for creation of new Longding district and the govt had on23rd June 2010constituted a High Power Committee to finalize the boundary and creation of Longding district. Accordingly, the Committee on11th August 2011had recommended for creation of the new district namely, Longding,” Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin told the House prior to the Bill was passed by voice vote.
“The new district would comprise of the administrative units of Longding, Kanubari, Pongchau, Wakka, Pumao and Lawnu excluding Naitong village which falls underBorduriaVillageReserveForest,” he said, while informing that the decision to place the Bill before the House was approved by the Cabinet on Sept 15 last.
Members – Honchun Ngandam, Thangwang Wangham, Newlai Tingkhatra and Wangki Lowang from the region, participating in the Bill discussion, heaved their praise on the then visionary CM, late Dorjee Khandu, for meeting the long-cherished dream of the Wanchos. They described the 26th day of September a “historic day” for the Wancho and the Nocte communities, while exuding hope for “a better tomorrow”.
The Chief Minister said, “The long-felt demand of the people of Longding has been fulfilled with the creation of the new district. It will enable the govt to run the administration effectively to achieve speedy development in all fronts.”
Stating that there will be no financial involvement from the State exchequer since the administration will be manned by existing manpower and with existing infrastructure, Gamlin said, “However, in future, taking into account the financial strength of the State, as and when the financial involvement is necessitated, the same shall be taken up with the govt as per due process of law and in consultation with the Finance Department in a phased manner and on need base.”
On the day, three other important Bills namely, ‘The Arunachal Pradesh Public Records Bill, 2011’, ‘The Arunachal Pradesh Nursing Council Bill, 2011’, and ‘The Arunachal Pradesh Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill, 2011’ were also passed by the House by voice vote.
House adjourned sine-die
At the close of day’s proceedings on the last day of three-day Assembly session, Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong announced that the House has been adjourned sine-die.