3rd May 2017 10:05:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Under the Regulation Act of 1954, the administrative units were reconstituted and renamed as Kameng, Subansiri, Tirap, Siang, Lohit and Tuensang Frontier Divisions.In 1957 the Tuensang Frontier Division was reunited with the Naga Hills. When Arunachal Pradesh was carved out of North East Frontier Agency on January 20, 1972 the frontier state had five districts.


Looking into the future of administrative convenience, in 1980, Kameng was divided into East Kameng and West Kameng, Subansiri into lower and Upper Subansiri, Siang into East and West Siang and Lohit into Lohit and Dibang Valley districts. Likewise, in 1984, Tawang district came out of West Kameng District.


In similar fashion, around attainment of Statehood status, Tirap district was divided to form Changlang District in 1987.


The applied principles was of “administrative ease and convenience” all throughout when Lower Subansiri was separated into Papum Pare and Lower Subansiri districts in 1992 and in 1994 when the Upper Siang district created out of East Siang District. In 2001, Lower Subansiri is again divided into Kurung Kumey and Lower Subansiri Districts. In the same year, Dibang valley districts are separated into Lower and Upper Dibang Valley. In 2004, Lohit district is divided into Lohit and Anjaw districts. Ever since then, there has been no stopping. From 5 districts, we are now 20 districts- without a glitch.


However, more than two decades old demand for creation of Lower Siang district comprising of foothill areas of West Siang district has always run into rough weather. Long procrastination of the issue meant that multiple protagonists have added to the existing complexity in creating LSD. The palpable and grim situation along the left and right banks of Simen River is spiraling dangerously and communal tension is spiking up.


Be it 2009 or 2014 or even 2017, the administration has failed; failed miserably to identify with the human tragedy faced by the dwellers in the foothills in a modern society. Jinxed Lower Siang District is a reflection of failure of the successive government and also mirrors poorly on the political-will and wisdom in taking the administration to the doorsteps of the poor, needy and the sufferers.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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