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Arunachal Pradesh State Cabinet Greenlights Creation of Keyi Panyor and Bichom Districts

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh state cabinet approved the establishment of two new districts – Keyi Panyor and Bichom. Keyi Panyor will be carved out from the Lower Subansiri district, with its headquarters in the Yachuli circle (Ter Gapin-Sam Sath area). The creation of Keyi Panyor district emphasizes the importance of respecting traditional boundaries for the benefit of both communities.

Arunachal cabinet announces creation of two new districts.

Keyi Panyor comprises six administrative centers – Yachuli (ADC), Yazali, Paramputu (CO), Kora, Deed, and Pistana (CO) – with a population of 25,399 according to the 2011 census. Additionally, Bichom district will be formed by bifurcating areas from East Kameng and West Kameng districts, with Napangphung as its headquarters. The move aims to enhance accessibility to far-flung regions and accelerate economic development through the Seva Aapke Dwar initiative.

Bamang Felix, the government spokesman, highlighted that the creation of Bichom district addresses a longstanding demand dating back to 1984. The district, covering an area of 2,897 square kilometers with a population of 9,710 as per the 2011 census, is expected to benefit the Sajolang, Puroik, and Aka (Koro) communities.

Furthermore, the state cabinet approved funding for the Eklavya Model Residential School in Bana (East Kameng) and ensured that the existing Bana Extra Assistant Commissioner headquarters retains its status. To address concerns of land-affected people, the cabinet agreed to fulfill proposals submitted by the East Kameng Middle Zone Students’ Union.

The creation of the two districts also led to the approval of 67 posts in various categories for each district, with an annual financial implication of Rs 3.73 crore. Additionally, to bolster fire and emergency services, the cabinet sanctioned 53 additional posts in the fire & emergency department. While these decisions mark progress for Arunachal Pradesh, a 12-hour bandh enforced by the East Kameng Middle Zone Students’ Union in Seppa on Monday affected normal life, highlighting demands related to the establishment of an Eklavya Residential School, retention of the Bana EAC HQ, and construction of a two-lane highway from NH 13 to Richukrong CO headquarters. The government has urged the union to call off its agitation, assuring consideration of their demand

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