List of districts of Arunachal Pradesh

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Arunachal Pradesh state of India consists of 25 districts, with more districts proposed and in development.

History[edit]

When control of the North-East Frontier Agency was transferred to the Ministry of Home Affairs in September 1965 its five divisions, Kameng, Subansiri, Siang, Lohit and Tirap each became districts.

Over the next few years many new districts were created out of the original five:

  • On 4 December 2017, a new district called Kamle district was created from Lower Subansiri District and Upper Subansiri District, with its headquarters to be located in Raga.[19] It comprises the administrative circles of Raga (which will be the district HQ), Kumporijo and Dollungmukh circles from Lower Subansiri District.[20] The administrative circles taken from Upper Subansiri District will be Gepen Circle, Puchigeko Circle, Daporijo Sadar which falls under 25 Raga Constituency including Ligu and Liruk demarcation from Sigen Subansiri confluence in Single Administrative Unit.[citation needed]
  • On 30 August 2018, 3 new districts, Pakke-Kesang, Lepa-Rada and Shi-Yomi formed. The Pakke-Kessang district will be carved out of East Kameng district with five administrative units namely Pakke-Kessangn, Seijosa, Pijiriang, Passa Valley and Dissingn 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.[21]

Administrative set-up[edit]

The districts of Arunachal Pradesh state are administrative geographical units, each headed by a deputy commissioner, an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service and a superintendent of police, an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service.

Districts[edit]

As of August 2018, Arunachal Pradesh comprises 25 districts. Although Itanagar capital complex does not have district status it is counted by some as one (making the district count 26 now).[22] Most of the districts are inhabited by various tribal groups. These are:[23]

Code District Headquarters Population (2011)[24] Area (km²) Density (/km²) Map Year
created
Note
TA Tawang Tawang Town 49,950 2,085 24
Arunachal Pradesh district location map Tawang.svg
1984
WK West Kameng Bomdila 87,013 7,422 12
Arunachal Pradesh district location map West Kameng.svg
1980
EK East Kameng Seppa 78,413 4,134 19
Arunachal Pradesh district location map East Kameng.svg
1980
Pakke-Kessang Lemmi 2018 From southern parts of East Kameng district along Brahmaputra.
PA Papum Pare Yupia 176,385 2,875 61
Arunachal Pradesh district location map Papum Pare.svg
1992
Kurung Kumey Koloriang 89,717 8,818 10
Arunachal Pradesh district location map Kurung Kumey.svg
2001
Kra Daadi Jamin 2015 From Indo-China bordering northwestern parts of Subansari river valley.
LB Lower Subansiri Ziro 82,839 3,460 24
Arunachal Pradesh district location map Lower Subansiri.svg
1980
UB Upper Subansiri Daporijo 83,205 7,032 12
Arunachal Pradesh district location map Upper Subansiri.svg
1980
WS West Siang Along 112,272 8,325 12
Arunachal Pradesh district location map West Siang.svg
1980
Shi-Yomi Tato 2018
ES East Siang Pasighat 99,019 4,005 25
Arunachal Pradesh district location map East Siang.svg
1980
Siang Pangin 2015
US Upper Siang Yingkiong 33,146 6,188 5
Arunachal Pradesh district location map Upper Siang.svg
1994
Lower Siang Likabali 2017
Lepa-Rada Basar 2018 From southern parts of West Siang district along Brahmaputra.
UD Lower Dibang Valley Roing 53,986 3,900 14
Arunachal Pradesh district location map Lower Dibang Valley.svg
2001
Upper Dibang Valley Anini 7,948 9,129 1
Arunachal Pradesh district location map Upper Dibang Valley.svg
2001
AJ Anjaw Hawai 21,089 6,190 3
Arunachal Pradesh district location map Anjaw.svg
2004
EL Lohit Tezu 145,538 2,402 61
Arunachal Pradesh district location map Lohit.svg
1980
Namsai Namsai 2014 From western-most parts of Lohit district along eastern-most Assam.
CH Changlang Changlang 147,951 4,662 32
Arunachal Pradesh district location map Changlang.svg
1987
TI Tirap Khonsa 111,997 2,362 47
Arunachal Pradesh district location map Tirap.svg
1965
LD Longding Longding [25] [25] [25] [25] 2012 From southwestern parts of Tirap District along eastern-most Assam.
Kamle Raga 22,256[19] 2017 From southern-most parts of Subansiri river valley along Brahmaputra.

Proposals for new districts[edit]

  • A proposal to create a new "North Subansiri district" from the northern-most Indo-China border subdivisions of the existing 3 districts, namely Kurung Kumey district, Kra Daadi district and Upper Subansiri district. The proposed "North Subansiri district" will entail the subdivisions of Sarli and Damin from the "Kurung Kumey district"; the subdivisions of Pipsorang and Longding Koling from the "Kra Daadi district"; and the subdivisions of Taksing, Limeking, Nacho and Siyum from the "Upper Subansiri district".[citation needed]
  • A proposal to create a new "Hayuliang district" from the eastern-most Indo-China border subdivisions of the existing 2 districts, namely Anjaw district and Lohit District. The proposed "Hayuliang district" will entail the northeastern-most parts of the existing Tezu circle of the "Lohit district"; and the existing subdivisions of Hayuliang, Metengliang, Chaglagam and Goiliang of the "Anjaw district".[citation needed]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "District Census Handbook, Lower Subansiri" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "District Census Handbook, Lower Dibang Valley" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. xix.
  3. ^ "District Census Handbook, East Siang" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
  4. ^ "District Census Handbook, East Kameng" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
  5. ^ "District Census Handbook, West Kameng" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
  6. ^ "District Census Handbook, Tawang District" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
  7. ^ "District Census Handbook, Changlang" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
  8. ^ "District Census Handbook, Papum Pare" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
  9. ^ "District Census Handbook, Upper Siang" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
  10. ^ "District Census Handbook, Kurung Kumey" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
  11. ^ "District Census Handbook, Anjaw" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
  12. ^ Gwillim, Law (2016). "India Districts". www.statoids.com.
  13. ^ "Namsai became the 18th district of Arunachal Pradesh in November 2014". India Today. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Arunachal Pradesh carves out new district". The Times of India. 9 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Siang becomes 21st district of Arunachal". The Arunachal Times. 28 November 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Arunachal to get four new districts". timesofindia. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  17. ^ Lepcha, Damien (23 September 2017). "Lower Siang starts functioning". The Telegraph India.
  18. ^ "Khandu Cabinet approves Operation of Lower Siang District with HQ Likabali". Arunachal24.in. 22 September 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Protect tribals if Chakma & Hajong are considered for citizenship, says legislative assembly". arunachaltimes.in. 19 October 2017.
  20. ^ "Arunachal Assembly approves Kamle as 23rd district of state". Arunachal24.in. 18 October 2017.
  21. ^ "Arunachal Assembly Passes Bill For Creation Of 3 New Districts". NDTV.com. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Arunachal Assembly approves Kamle as 23rd district of state". Arunachal24.in. 18 October 2017.
  23. ^ "State Profile of Arunachal Pradesh" (PDF). Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India. 2014. pp. 12–15.
  24. ^ "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in.
  25. ^ a b c d Longding is included as part of Tirap
  26. ^ Zauing, Pisi (11 February 2017). "Consensus reached on creation of new district". The Arunachal Times.
  27. ^ "Civil society opposes creation of proposed Namdapha/Rima dist". The Arunachal Times. 18 February 2017.