Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the newly created Shi Yomi district – the 23rd district in the State – bordering China on Sunday.

The programme was attended by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, State BJP president Tapir Gao and several other dignitaries.

Headquartered at Tato, the new district, comprising of four administrative Circles – Mechuka, Tato, Pidi and Manigong – was bifurcated from West Siang district.

Addressing the gathering, Khandu said that the new district was a long-felt demand, which the earlier State Governments failed to fulfill.

The Chief Minister further urged all the local communities to come and walk together to build a prosperous and developed district.

Thanking the people for donating land for government establishments for free, the Chief Minister urged to set priorities right as the government can’t afford lavish spending. He promised that in the coming Budget session, provision for funds for the development of infrastructure will be kept.