Location of Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh
|• Total||2,919 km2 (1,127 sq mi)|
|• Density||11/km2 (28/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+05:30 (IST)|
Siang District is the 21st district of Arunachal Pradesh State, India. This district was created by bifurcating West Siang and East Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh consisting of 32-Rumgong and 35-Pangin Constituencies. The district was inaugurated on 27 November 2015 by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
The name of the district is derived from the river Siang which flows through this district. The word siang is surmised to be originated from the Angsi glacier ( "aasi" meaning water in adi dialects. "Si" can mean "this" and the latter being taken from the word Angsi itself ) on the northern side of the Himalayas in Burang County of Tibet as the Yarlung-Tsangpo River, is the main tributary of Brahmaputra drainage. It is predominantly inhabited by the Adi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.
The creation of Siang district was approved by the Arunachal Pradesh government of Nabam Tuki on 21 March 2013. Eighteen months later the Pangin town was announced as the temporary headquarters of the district, amid claims that Boleng town had been promised the role.
Speaking in Pangin, Siang district was declared to be the 21st district of Arunachal Pradesh by Nabam Tuki on 27 November 2015. The new district was created to make the administration closer to the public. Funding was promised at that time for the construction of a district secretariat at Peram in Pangin, other offices in Pangin, also a small stadium, for school, hospital, housing, bridge, and road construction and other developments.
Adi, a Sino-Tibetan language, is the language spoken by the people of this district.
The main administrative centres which falls under the district are Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADCs) Rumgong, Kaying. Presently, it has 9 Zilla Parishad members i.e.: Jomlo Mobuk, Rumgong, Kaying, Payum, Boleng, Riga, Rebo-Perging, Pangin, and Kebang.
The district has 4 Sub-Divisions
- Boleng Division: Circles of Boleng, Riga, Rebo-Perging
- Pangin Sub-Division: Circles of Pangin, Kebang
- Rumgong Sub-Division: Circles of Jomlo Mobuk, Rumgong
- Kaying Sub-Division: Circles of Kaying, Payum
There are 2 Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly constituencies located in this district:
- Rumgong (32) - Arunachal West Lok Sabha Constituency
- Pangin (35) - Arunachal East Lok Sabha Constituency
- "Siang becomes 21st district of Arunachal". The Arunachal Times. 28 November 2015.
- "Arunachal clears bill for four new districts". The Times of India. 22 March 2013.
- Amar, Sangno (1 December 2014). "Tension over district headquarters simmers at Pangin-Boleng". The Arunachal Times.