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About the Upper Siang district

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Brief About Upper Siang District
Upper Siang District with geographical area of 6188 Sq. KM, a veritable treasure house of nature in its full splendour with simple and hospitable people, has 11 Administrative Circles with a total population of 33, 146 persons as per 2001 Census. It is bounded by Tibet region of China in the North, Dibang Valley District in the East, West Siang District in the West, and East Siang District in the South. It is inhabited by Adi, Memba, Khamba and Idu Mishmi tribes who have been harmoniously living in the cradle of nature since time immemorial with colourful festivals / rituals like Solung, Aran, Reh, Lossar, Dihang, etc. The village is the lowest administrative unit having its own traditional administrative system in the form of Village Council called "Kebang".

Upper Siang District is a mountaineous region endowed with rich natural resources and biodiversity, deep gorges and fast flowing streams and rivulets, which form the tributaries of the mighty Siang River. The Siang River flows through the heart of the district running into Indian territory at a point near Gelling in the Indo-China border. In the early days of geographical exploration, the Siang River was referred to as the "Missing Link" - the unexplored channel that formed link between the Tsangpo of Tibet and the Brahmaputra of Assam. In the Tibetan Cosmogony, it is a horse mouth river with sense of emerald flowing East, and there is a belief that those who drink its water will become as sturdy as horses.

There have been radical changes over the years on all developmental fronts. However, the long isolation and inaccesibility of the areas due to communication bottlenecks pose formidable constraints to the efforts for socio-economic developments.

The economy of the people is mainly agriculture, which provides direct employment to the 70% of the population. A large mammal called ESO (Mithun) is a majestic animal, which is indigenous to the people.

The Deputy Commissioner, Upper Siang District Shri Gamli Padu has conducted a tour programme to various villages under Mariyang Sub-Division recently, reports DIPRO i/c, Yingkiong. After having seen that most of the people of the sub-division are involved in poppy cultivation, the Deputy Commissioner has directed the Circle Officer, Katan to destroy the poppy plants growing nearby the roadside, keeping in view of its affects on socio-economic development of the society and after sensitization of the problems of opium addiction among the people. In order to solicit the cooperation from grassroots level for eradicating consumption of opium, Shri Padu called a meeting in connection with the destruction and non-cultivation of poppy plant in the district on May 18 last. All the Administrative Officers of the Sub- Division and Circles, Students organizations, prominent public leaders, GBs and NGOs of Mariyang Sub-Division and Yingkiong circle participated in the meeting.