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Ladakh becomes third administrative division of J-K

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The government on Friday approved the creation of a separate Administrative Revenue Division for Ladakh, said an order issued by This division will comprise and Districts with its headquarters at Now, will have three divisions - Jammu, and Kashmir,The creation of two posts of of Police (IGP) has been sanctioned for the new division. Further, a committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of to government, planning, development and monitoring department to identify the posts of divisional level heads of various departments that may be required for the new Division; particularly their staffing pattern, role and responsibilities and proposed location of these offices.

is one of the most sparsely populated regions in and is the highest plateau in the state, with most of it being over 9,800 feet above sea level. The region is geographically isolated with an inhospitable terrain.

Consequently, the region is riddled with insurmountable problems with respect to delivery of developmental schemes, redressal of public grievances, conduct of administrative affairs and governance, it said.

The people of have for a long time been demanding effective local institutional arrangements which can help accelerate the pace of development and equitable all-round growth and development, it said.

"At present, the powers of local governance have already been decentralised by the formation of Hill Development Councils for the and Districts. This was given effect by enacting the Jammu and Kashmir Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Act, 1997," the order said.

Under the said act, the Hill Development Councils were established both for Leh and districts.

In order to strengthen the councils, the LAHDC Act, 1997 was amended further in 2018 to give them more power.

Officials said the entire Ladakh region remains cut-off from rest of the country for almost six months. via Leh is the only mode of transport available to this region, which makes it impossible for people to visit other parts of the country.

The remoteness and inaccessibility of the area make the area eligible for establishing a separate division for the said region, they said.The decision came after various organisation discussed the issue and put a persistent demand for the creation of including the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils (LAHDC) Leh and Kargil.As per the official statement from the state Governor, this decision of the government goes a long way in fulfilling the governance and development aspirations of the people of Ladakh region.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 19:04 IST