As of July 2020[update], Arunachal Pradesh comprised 26 districts, with more districts proposed. Most of the districts are inhabited by various tribal groups. The latest and presently valid official map of districts of Arunachal Pradesh, after the most recent new districts were last announced on 30 August 2018, is in the external links.
|Year of formation of districts in Arunachal Pradesh|
|1965|| Kameng, Subansiri, Siang, Lohit and Tirap|
|1980|| Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Lohit, Dibang Valley, East Siang, West Siang, East Kameng, West Kameng, Tirap|
|1992|| Papum Pare|
|1994|| Upper Siang|
|2001|| Kurung Kumey, Lower Dibang Valley|
|2015|| Kra Daadi, Siang|
|2017|| Lower Siang, Kamle|
|2018|| Pakke-Kessang, Lepa-Rada, Shi-Yomi|
|Numbers in brackets represent total number of districts in the state|
When control of the North-East Frontier Agency was transferred to the Ministry of Home Affairs in September 1965 its five divisions, Kameng, Subansiri, Siang, Lohit and Tirap each became districts. Over the next few years many new districts were created out of the original five:
- On 13 May 1980 Subansiri district was bifurcated into two districts: Lower Subansiri district and Upper Subansiri district. Upper Subansiri district comprised the area occupied by the erstwhile Daporijo sub-division and Lower Subansiri district comprised the rest of the area occupied by the erstwhile Subansiri district.
- On 1 June 1980,
- The erstwhile Lohit district was divided into two districts: Lohit district and Dibang Valley district.
- Siang district was bifurcated into two districts: East Siang district and West Siang district.
- Seppa and Bomdila sub-divisions of the Kameng district were transformed into East Kameng district and West Kameng district, respectively.
- On 6 October 1984, Tawang district was separated from East Kameng district.
- In 1987, the erstwhile Tirap district was divided into two districts: Tirap district and Changlang district.
- On 22 September 1992, the erstwhile Lower Subansiri district was again bifurcated into Lower Subansiri district and Papum Pare district.
- On 23 November 1994, Upper Siang district was split from East Siang district.
- On 1 April 2001, Kurung Kumey district was carved out from the erstwhile Lower Subansiri district.
- On 16 December 2001, Dibang Valley district was bifurcated into Dibang Valley district and Lower Dibang Valley district.
- On 16 February 2004, Anjaw district was carved out from the erstwhile Lohit district.
- On 19 March 2012, Longding district was carved out from the erstwhile Tirap district.
- On 25 November 2014, Namsai district was carved out from the erstwhile Lohit district.
- On 7 February 2015, Kra Daadi district was carved out from the erstwhile Kurung Kumey district.
- On 27 November 2015, a new Siang district was carved out from parts of East Siang and West Siang districts.
- On 22 September 2017, Lower Siang district, was carved out of West Siang and East Siang districts.
- On 4 December 2017, a new district called Kamle district was created from Lower Subansiri District and Upper Subansiri District, with its headquarters to be located in Raga. It comprises the administrative circles of Raga (which will be the district HQ), Kumporijo and Dollungmukh circles from Lower Subansiri District. The administrative circles taken from Upper Subansiri District will be Gepen Circle, Puchigeko Circle, Daporijo Sadar which falls under 25 Raga Constituency including Ligu and Liruk demarcation from Sigen Subansiri confluence in Single Administrative Unit.
- On 30 August 2018, following 3 new districts were formed:
- Pakke-Kesang carved out of East Kameng district with five administrative units namely Pakke-Kessang, Seijosa, Pijiriang, Passa Valley and Dissingn Passo with district headquarters at Lemmi.
- Lepa-Rada created by bifurcating the Lower Siang district with headquarters at Basar and 4 administrative units namely Tirbin, Basar, Daring and Sago.
- Shi-Yomi created by bifurcating the West Siang district with its headquarters at Tato and 4 administrative units namely Mechuka, Tato, Pidi and Manigong.
The districts of Arunachal Pradesh state are administrative geographical units, each headed by a deputy commissioner, an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service and a superintendent of police, an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service.
List of districts is as follows:
|UD||Lower Dibang Valley||Roing||53,986||3,900||14||2001|
Proposals for new districtsEdit
This section needs additional citations for verification. (November 2017)
- A proposal to bifurcate the existing Papum Pare district:
- the proposed Sagalee district entailing the existing sub-divisions of Sagalee, Leporiang, Parang, and Mengio.
- A proposal to create a new "North Subansiri district" from the northernmost Indo-China border subdivisions of the existing 3 districts, namely Kurung Kumey district, Kra Daadi district and Upper Subansiri district. The proposed "North Subansiri district" will entail the subdivisions of Sarli and Damin from the "Kurung Kumey district"; the subdivisions of Pipsorang and Longding Koling from the "Kra Daadi district"; and the subdivisions of Taksing, Limeking, Nacho and Siyum from the "Upper Subansiri district".
- A proposal to create a new "Hayuliang district" from the easternmost Indo-China border subdivisions of the existing 2 districts, namely Anjaw district and Lohit District. The proposed "Hayuliang district" will entail the northeasternmost parts of the existing Tezu circle of the "Lohit district"; and the existing subdivisions of Hayuliang, Metengliang, Chaglagam and Goiliang of the "Anjaw district".
- A 2017 proposal to bifurcate the existing Changlang district to create an additional "Rima district" out of it with HQ at Miao. The proposed "Rima district" will entail the existing subdivisions of Diyun, Bordumsa, Kharsang, Jairampur, Nampong, Rima-Putak (Tikhak), Miao, and Vijoynagar from the "Changlang district". However, it was unanimously opposed by the Changlang People's Forum in the same month.
- ^ a b "Arunachal Assembly approves Kamle as 23rd district of state". Arunachal24.in. 18 October 2017.
- ^ "District Census Handbook, Lower Subansiri" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014.
- ^ a b "District Census Handbook, Lower Dibang Valley" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. xix.
- ^ "District Census Handbook, East Siang" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
- ^ "District Census Handbook, East Kameng" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
- ^ "District Census Handbook, West Kameng" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
- ^ "District Census Handbook, Tawang District" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
- ^ "District Census Handbook, Changlang" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
- ^ "District Census Handbook, Papum Pare" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
- ^ "District Census Handbook, Upper Siang" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
- ^ "District Census Handbook, Kurung Kumey" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
- ^ "District Census Handbook, Anjaw" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 8.
- ^ Gwillim, Law (2016). "India Districts". www.statoids.com.
- ^ "Namsai became the 18th district of Arunachal Pradesh in November 2014". India Today. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
- ^ "Arunachal Pradesh carves out new district". The Times of India. 9 February 2015.
- ^ "Siang becomes 21st district of Arunachal". The Arunachal Times. 28 November 2015.
- ^ "Arunachal to get four new districts". The Times of India. 16 January 2013. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- ^ Lepcha, Damien (23 September 2017). "Lower Siang starts functioning". The Telegraph India. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017.
- ^ "Khandu Cabinet approves Operation of Lower Siang District with HQ Likabali". Arunachal24.in. 22 September 2017.
- ^ a b "Protect tribals if Chakma & Hajong are considered for citizenship, says legislative assembly". arunachaltimes.in. 19 October 2017.
- ^ "Arunachal Assembly Passes Bill For Creation Of 3 New Districts". NDTV.com. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
- ^ "State Profile of Arunachal Pradesh" (PDF). Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India. 2014. pp. 12–15.
- ^ "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in.
- ^ a b c Longding is included as part of Tirap
- ^ Zauing, Pisi (11 February 2017). "Consensus reached on creation of new district". The Arunachal Times.
- ^ "Civil society opposes creation of proposed Namdapha/Rima dist". The Arunachal Times. 18 February 2017.
- Official map of districts of Arunachal Pradesh, this is latest and currently valid map after the most recently new districts were last announced on 30 August 2018.