Separate division for Ladakh approved
- At present, the region is part of the Kashmir division and is administratively managed through the Leh and Kargil Autonomous Hill Councils.
- In December, councillors of both Hill councils had signed resolutions demanding a separate division for Ladakh seeking “complete autonomy” from the Kashmir administrative set up.
- The government order approving the creation of the Ladakh division states, “This decision of the Government goes a long way in fulfilling the governance and development aspirations of the people of Ladakh region.
- The issue has been discussed at various fora and there has been a persistent demand for the creation of Division for Ladakh from many organizations including the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils (LAHDC) Leh and Kargil.”
- It argues that the Ladakh region is geographically isolated with a sparse population and inhospitable terrain which remains landlocked for nearly six months in a year.
- 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 as such.