Jammu and Kashmir Current Affairs - 2019

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Ladakh declared as third administrative division of J and K

The Jammu and Kashmir government ordered the creation of a separate administrative division for Ladakh region. It is hailed as a landmark decision by the governor ruled state under President Rule.

Fact Box

The State of Jammu and Kashmir had two administrative divisions of Jammu and Kashmir earlier. Ladakh would be the third administrative division.

Ladakh Administrative Division

The Ladakh Administrative Division would comprise of Leh and Kargil districts and would be headquartered in Leh. The Ladakh region was earlier part of the Kashmir division.

To facilitate the functioning of the Ladakh Administrative Division a divisional commissioner and an inspector general of police would be appointed.

A committee under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary to government has been formed to identify the posts of divisional level heads of various departments that may be required for the new division; particularly their staffing pattern, roles and responsibilities and proposed location of these offices.

The local governance in Kargil and Leh was taken care of by the hill development councils. The remoteness and geographical isolation of the Leh had resulted in the region remained cut off for the developmental activities. The administrative division is expected to fasten the pace of the development.

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PM inaugurates development projects in Jammu and Kashmir

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated various development works during his visit to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The developmental works include:

  • Laying of the foundation stones of two All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Vijaypur and Awantipora.
  • Laying of the foundation stone of northern regional centre campus of Indian Institute of Mass Communication in Jammu.
  • Launching of the University of Ladakh, which will be the first-ever university in the Ladakh region of the state.
  • Launching of various projects under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan.
  • Laying of the foundation stones for three model degree colleges in Kishtwar, Kupwara and Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Declaration of 100-per cent electrification of households in Jammu and Kashmir under the central government’s Saubhagya Scheme.
  • Laying the foundation stone for 624-MW Kiru hydroelectric project in Kishtwar which is a run-of-the-river project across the Chenab.
  • Inaugurating the 9-MW Dah hydroelectric project.
  • Inauguration of the 220-KV Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil-Leh transmission system.
  • Inauguration of the 400-KV D/C Jalandhar-Samba-Rajouri-Shopian-Amargarh (Sopore) transmission line.
  • Laying the foundation stone of 1,640-metre span double-lane bridge over the Chenab river in Sajwal.

Many of these projects are undertaken under the Prime Minister’s Development Package was announced as a reconstruction plan for J&K.

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