Lower Siang district

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Lower Siang district
StateArunachal Pradesh
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)

Lower Siang (Pron:/ˈsjæŋ or ˈsɪæŋ/) is one of the 25 administrative district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, India. The new district was carved out of West Siang and East Siang districts and declared operational on 22 September 2017 and became the 22nd district of Arunachal pradesh.


The creation of Lower Siang district was approved by the Arunachal Pradesh government of Nabam Tuki on 21 March 2013.[1]

The Government of Arunachal Pradesh approved creation of Lower Siang along with three other new districts in January 2013. Its territory was carved out of West Siang and East Siang districts.[2]

The official formation of Lower Siang was delayed over disagreement upon the location of its headquarters.[3] On 22 September 2017 the commencement of operation of Lower Siang district, with Likabali as the temporary headquarters, was approved by the government led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu.[4][5]


The Lower Siang District is composed of Likabali and Nari-Koyu Assembly Constituencies.


The Galo population is estimated at 80,597 (2001 census), which, if accurate, would make them one of the most populous tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.


Language spoken is Galo, a Sino-Tibetan tongue with approximately 80,597 (2001 census) speakers, written in Galo, an endangered language with 80,597 speakers.[6]


  1. ^ "Arunachal clears bill for four new districts". The Times of India. 22 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Arunachal to get four new districts". timesofindia. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  3. ^ "New district". The Telegraph. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  4. ^ Lepcha, Damien (23 September 2017). "Lower Siang starts functioning". The Telegraph India.
  5. ^ "Khandu Cabinet approves Operation of Lower Siang District with HQ Likabali". Arunachal24.in. 22 September 2017.
  6. ^ M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "Galo: A language of India". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 28 September 2011.