East Jaintia Hills District was upgraded from the erstwhile Khliehriat Civil Sub-Division. Prior to the establishment of a Sub-Division, there was an Administrative Unit set up in August 14, 1976 with an objective to bring administration closer to the people at the grass-root level. After five and a half year, the unit was upgraded into a full-fledged Civil Sub-Division in May 27, 1982 with the Sub-Divisional Officer as an administrative head and then upgraded to a District on 31st July 2012 when Meghalaya Government took ample steps to create four more districts in 2012.