- Jammu and Kashmir Governor granted Ladakh a divisional status, thus creating three administrative units of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in the State.
2. “The J&K government has approved the creation of a separate administrative and revenue division for Ladakh. It will comprise Leh and Kargil districts, with headquarters at Leh”.
3. Earlier, Ladakh was a part of the Kashmir division.
4. A section in Leh has been demanding Union Territory status.
5. The move leaves the Kashmir valley geographically the smallest division at 15,948 sq. km, Jammu division at 26,293 sq. km and Ladakh, the biggest division, at 86,909 sq. km.
6. Ladakh will now get its own Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General of Police.
7. “During the winter months, the entire Ladakh region remains cut-off from the rest of the country for almost six months. The remoteness and inaccessibility of the area makes it eligible for establishing a separate division,” said the government order.
8. Ladakh’s Kargil and Leh districts already have separate hill development councils for local administrative powers.
9. The Governor’s decision has fueled demands for similar status to Pir Panjal and Chenab Valley regions.