Jammu & Kashmir Government grants Divisional Status to Ladakh Region
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Satya Pal Malik on February 8, 2019 granted the Divisional Status to Ladakh Region, while exercising its powers under Section 5 of Land Revenue Act, 1996.
The Ladakh division will comprise Leh and Kargil districts with its headquarters at Leh. Till now, the Ladakh region formed a part of the Kashmir Division of Jammu & Kashmir.
The State Government also approved creation of the posts of Divisional Commissioner (Ladakh), Leh and Inspector General of Police (Ladakh), Leh.
The notification came just after the visit of PM Narendra Modi to Leh on February 3, 2019.
Ladakh becomes the third Division of J&K
With this, Ladakh became the third Division in the state with the other two being Jammu, and Kashmir.
The Ladakh division is now the biggest division in the state with 86,909 sq. km of area, followed by Jammu division of 26,293 sq km at second and Kashmir Division of 15,948 sq km at third.
Significance of Divisional Status to Ladakh
• The Divisional status would facilitate the Ladakh Region in a great way to progress.
• Ladakh has two Hill Councils for its administration, one in Leh and the other in Kargil. With the Divisional Status, both Leh and Kargil districts will get equal benefits.
• Offices and the opportunities will be distributed to both the districts.
• With this, the routine administrative clearances for Leh and Kargil can now be obtained at Divisional headquarters in Leh.
• It also brings opportunities of employment of different levels in various departments for the locals.
For almost last three decades, Ladakh region has been demanding for Union Territory status with a proper legislation. The Divisional Status is considered as a step towards its dream of Union Territory.
Recently, the state government has also empowered the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils (LAHDC) of Leh and Kargil with financial and administrative powers through an amendment in the Act.