Ladakh Current Affairs - 2019
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India Post released a special stamp cover on Ice Stupa in Leh at an event in the presence of Himalayan Institute of Alternatives Ladakh founder Sonam Wangchuk who spearheaded the Ice Stupa initiative.
- Ice Stupas refer to the artificial glaciers which freeze and hold the water that keeps flowing and wasting away down the streams and into the rivers throughout the winter.
- Instead, the water from these artificial glaciers melt in the springtime, just when the fields need
- Leh lies in the cold desert region and most villages in the region face acute water shortage, particularly during the two crucial months of April and May when there is little water in the streams whereas in June there is an excess of water and even flash flooding due to the fast melting of the snow and glaciers in the mountains.
- By September all farming activities end and yet a smaller stream flow throughout the winter steadily but wastefully going into the Indus river without being of use to anybody.
- Hence the idea of ice stupa from artificial glaciers which store this wasting winter water in the form of ice mountains that melt and feed the farms when water is most needed by the farmers was initiated.
Ice Stupas are aimed at reducing water crisis in the region and also to convey a message to the world that how the Mountain people are forced to do such innovative ideas to solve the water crises, Ice Stupas also sends a message to all the people who live in big cities to not use resources in such a way that it creates problem for mountain people.
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.
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.