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Arunachal Cabinet approves creation of 2 new districts
Published on 10 Aug. 2009 1:37 AM IST
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In a bid to bring administration to people’s doorstep the Arunachal Pradesh government has approved creation of two new districts, bifurcating present Tirap and West Siang. According to UNI report, the two new districts - Longding and Lower Siang - have been approved during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu here on Friday. ‘’The creation of these districts will go a long way in helping the people to reap the fruits of development,’’ Water Resource Development Minister Tako Dabi told a press conference here this morning. While Lower Siang district would have two Assembly constituencies namely Basar and Likabali, Longding would have three constituencies namely Pongchau-Wakka, Kanubari and Longding. The proposed headquarters for Longding is likely to be established at Kanubari, while Basar would be the new district headquarters for Lower Siang, Mr Dabi, also government spokesman, said. Longding, to be carved out of present Tirap district would comprise Longding, Wakka, Pumao, Pongchau, Kanubari and Lawunu (newly created) circles. The total population of this district would be around 53,000. ‘’The creation of the new districts need to be approved in the Assembly in the form of bills which is likely to be placed in the current session of the House beginning on August 11,’’ Mr Dabi added. The spokesman further informed that the Cabinet also approved allocation of Rs 15 crore for the Panchayati Raj Institution, which would be placed soon under the respective districts for further disbursement for undertaking grass root developmental schemes. ‘’The Cabinet approves to release for its employees the 15 months arrears due under Sixth Pay Commission within August and the same will be placed under the concerned departments,’’ Mr Dabi informed, adding the new pay scale along with arrears which was not fixed for teachers and nurses would also be implemented.

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