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Jammu and Kashmir administration declares Ladakh as separate division

Jammu and Kashmir administration declares Ladakh as separate division

The Jammu and Kashmir administration recently announced separation of Ladakh from Kashmir and declared it a separate division or division. With this announcement, now three administrative units in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh will be employed in the state.

In the order issued by the state administration, it has been said that administrative and revenue department will also be made separately for Ladakh for which headquarter will be built in Leh. In addition to this, a committee under the leadership of the Chief Secretary has also been formed for the development and monitoring of the scheme. The committee will also identify the positions of the staff, the responsibilities and the office, in addition to marking the positions of the division level of different departments in the newly constituted Ladakh division.

Memorable facts

  • With this decision, 15,948 sq km of Kashmir Valley The smallest division with the area followed by the Jammu division, which is 26,293 square kilometers while the Ladakh 86,909 km² with the largest division will be created.
  • Kargil and Leh districts of Ladakh already have separate hill development councils for the local administrative system.
  • According to the government order, the decision to make Ladakh a separate division will prove to be far-reaching in fulfilling the administration and developmental expectations of Ladakh people.
  • According to the state administration, due to districts like Leh and Kargil, Ladakh is cut off from rest of India for nearly six months during winter. During this time only Leh can be reached by airplane and because of this, many people from other parts of the country do not want to reach Ladakh during winter.
  • Ladakh deserves special treatment for specific geographical, social, cultural identity and distance from the capital. Keeping in view all these aspects, it has been decided to create a separate administrative and revenue department for Ladakh.


Councils have been constituted for Leh and Kargil only under Jammu Kashmir Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Act, 1997. LAHDC Act 1997 was revised in 2018 only to strengthen these councils financially, administrative and legislative. The population density in Ladakh is very low and it is an area with very extreme geographical conditions, so giving such importance to that area can be a better step.

Q.1 Which region is becomes the separate division of Jammu and Kashmir administration?
A. Ladakh
B. Khardung La
C. Tanglang La
D. Namika La
Ans: Ladakh

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