Shillong: After a wait of many years, Mairang Civil Sub-Division in Meghalaya on Wednesday was inaugurated with a lot of splendor and was officially announced as Eastern West Khasi Hills District.

The inauguration of the state’s 12th district was attended by a majority of the MLAs and Cabinet minister’s. Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the new district of Eastern West Khasi Hills with its headquarters in Mairang. 

Mairang Civil Sub-Division

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said the government was working overtime to bring development in the state and understood that the people of Mairang really needed a district so that they could be closer to the administration. 

Regarding a lot of criticism on social media concerning the name of the district, Sangma said that people were bound to criticise.

“I was saddened to see that the people were more interested in commenting about the name than really giving a suggestion about how to make the district better. It’s easy to criticise and put a small post on social media. You need to understand that much more needs to be done than a simple post to make a difference in the lives of people,” the chief minister added.

He added that many meetings and a lot of thought process was done to decide upon the name of the new district besides a lot of consultation.

The Cabinet felt that being a matrilineal society there must be some “linkage” to show the lineage towards the mother; this district falls on the eastern part of West Khasi Hills, hence it is Eastern West Khasi Hills, clarified Sangma.

Mairang MLA and Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Metbah Lyngdoh also expressed his concern over how people were criticising about the name. 

Wilfred Nongsiej has been named the first Deputy Commissioner of Eastern West Khasi Hills District, while Maxwell B Syiem will be the first Superintendent of Police.

The district will be approximately 1,300 sq kilometre with 160 villages under Mairang and 58 villages in Mawthadraishan.

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