J&K adminstration creates a ‘welcome’ division for Ladakh

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The Jammu and Kashmir administration under Governor Satya Pal Malik approved creation of a separate division of Ladakh

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The state will now have three divisions – Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh

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The new division will comprise of Leh and Kargil districts

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According to PTI, Ladakh will now have a separate divisional commissioner and an inspector general of police (IG) with a full administrative and revenue division

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Saugat Biswas, a 2006-batch IAS officer of J&K cadre, has been appointed the Divisional Commissioner for Ladakh

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The move assumes significance as the Ladhaki people have for long felt ‘ignored’ owing to problems troubling the region

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It includes the conduct of administrative affairs and governance, slow delivery of development schemes and redressal of public grievances.

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Also, the Ladakh region remains cut-off from rest of the country for nearly six months in a year as air travel is the only mode of transport available.

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The remoteness and inaccessibility of the area makes it eligible for establishing a separate division, as per the order released by the state administration

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P Stobdan, the founding president of the Ladakh International Centre said,

"For a long time, Ladakh has not been able to shape its own political identity, hence, it’s a step in the right direction"

The decision does have its shortcomings as it might not solve the issue of Ladakhi identity

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The move is likely to give rise to similar demands in some districts of Jammu, where people are demanding separate hill councils for Pir Panjal (Rajouri and Poonch) and Chenab Valley region (Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar).

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