JAMMU: LAHDC Leh delegation held a meeting with Governor of J&K today, to highlight and reiterate the demand of the people of Ladakh for Union Territory Status for Ladakh region.
In the “Special Session” of the Hill Development Council convened recently in Leh, the House deliberated on the issue threadbare and a consensus was reached to reinforce the demand and pass a resolution in order to impress upon the Central as well as State Govt to take urgent steps to fulfil the demand.
However, with a view to give impetus to the overall development of the region, creation of a separate Division for Ladakh has become inevitable.
Carving out a separate division for Ladakh would in no case dilute the demand of the people of the region for UT.
Ladakh is distinct from Kashmir in all respects, culturally, ethnically, linguistically and geographically. Ladakh remains cut off from rest of the country for more than 6 months in a year. Besides, Ladakh occupies 70% geographical area of the whole of J&K.
As such, it deserves special attention and treatment in infrastructural development. Also, it borders with two unfriendly countries.
Separate division and UT status will provide space for promotion of its rich language, script and to preserve, promote the unique art and cultural heritage of Ladakh, and will open more avenues for representations and participation in general. It will also result as a morale booster for people, who fear exploitation and discrimination.
People of the region have been continuously demanding for a full fledged Central University, medical college and women college.
Establishment of a full-fledged Central university in Leh would immensely benefit the students’ community and also the economy of the region.
During his last visit to Leh, PM Narendra Modi’s attention was drawn to the opening of a Medical College in Leh, for which he said he would pass necessary instructions.
The district hospital caters entire district of Leh, with increasing patient load, due to increased tourist in-flow, construction workers from other parts of the country and patients from other areas also.
During the 6 month long winters, Leh remains cut-off from the other parts of the country and air travel is the only mode of transport available to this region, which makes it impossible for patients to visit other parts of the country for treatment.
The remoteness and inaccessibility of the area makes the hospital eligible for the establishment of a medical college.