The state of Sikkim has implemented the Sikkim Re-Organisation of Districts Act, 2021. According to the act, Sikkim now has 6 districts with the addition of Pakyong and Soreng districts, carved out of the existing East and West Sikkim districts. The four other districts have been renamed as well.
North Sikkim has been renamed as Mangan, West Sikkim as Gyalshing, East Sikkim renamed as Gangtok and South Sikkim as Namchi.
Earlier on the third and final day of the Fifth Session of the 10th Assembly, the Sikkim Legislative Assembly voted for the creation of 2 new districts of Pakyong and Soreng, carved out of the existing East and West Sikkim districts.
Enhancement in administrative efficiency
Kunga Nima Lepcha, the Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department Minister presented the Sikkim (Re-Organisation of Districts) Bill, 2021 in the House on Tuesday. He said that the creation of these two new districts will improve administrative efficiency in the state.