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People stage demo in Jammu to press for district status to Zanskar

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

A group of people from in Saturday staged a demonstration here in support of their demand for district status to the sub-divsion.

falls in of region.

Dozens of residents, mostly youth, assembled outside the and chanted slogans besides displaying placards in support of their demand.

"We are holding this protest to invite the attention of towards our long pending genuine demand for a district status," of Buddhist Association, Zanskar, told reporters.

He lauded the governor's decision to create a separate division for and said "Leh and Kargil were given the district status way back in 1979 but despite being an important geographical region having a significant history and civilization was not given separate district so far despite assurances from the successive governments".

Zanskar covers an area of some 7,000 square kilometres with a population of 13,849, as per April 2006 medical census records, with people living mainly in scattered small villages, the largest being the capital Padum, with nearly 700 inhabitants.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 20:30 IST