Union minister Kiren Rijiju and Arunchal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu during the inauguration of Shi Yomi district on Sunday

Guwahati: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu formally inaugurated the 23rd district of the state on Sunday in presence of Union minister Kiren Rijiju.

The new district, named Shi Yomi, was formed after the state government passed a bill on August 29 to create three new districts. The number of districts will eventually increase to 25, after two more districts are inaugurated within this week.

The Shi Yomi district has been curved out of West Siang district and consists of four circles: Mechuka, Pidi, Monigong and Tato.

In a tweet posted after the inauguration, Union minister Rijiju wrote, “A new district ‘Shi Yomi’ is born in Arunachal Pradesh. A dream come true for the people of one of the most backward and difficult areas but beautiful people of Monigong, Tato, Mechuka and Pidi circles.”

Inaugurating the district, CM Khandu said that the demand for the district had been a long-standing demand which the previous government had failed to fulfill. The CM also said that the state assembly gave its assent owing to the inaccessible terrain and distance between the circles and district headquarter Aalo.

The other new districts that will be created within this week are Pakke-Kesang and Lepa Rada.

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