ME­HbOObA FlAYS gOv­ER­NOR OvER DI­vI­SIONAl StA­tuS tO lADAkH

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

Even as the Gov­er­nor’s ad­min­is­tra­tion is mulling to make Ladakh a sep­a­rate divi­sion within Jammu and Kash­mir, Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) pres­i­dent Me­hbooba Mufti held a me­dia con­fer­ence here on Fri­day and ac­cused the Gov­er­nor of act­ing at the be­hest of the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment and push­ing Kash­mir and other re­gions of the state to the path of ag­i­ta­tion. In the re­cent past, Leh and Kargil have been de­mand­ing a sep­a­rate divi­sion for the hilly re­gions as presently they are a part of the Kash­mir divi­sion. Ladakh Au­ton­o­mous Hill Devel­op­ment Coun­cil of Kargil has re­cently passed res­o­lu­tions and held protests urg­ing Gov­er­nor Satya Pal Ma­lik for set­ting up di­vi­sional head­quar­ters for the re­gion in Kargil and also a sep­a­rate univer­sity.

While Leh is al­ready press­ing for Union Ter­ri­tory sta­tus for the Ladakh re­gion, they are not happy with the de­mand of Kargil for the di­vi­sional sta­tus.

Sens­ing trou­ble, CEC of Kargil Coun­cil, Feroz Ah­mad Khan told The Sun­day Guardian that he is hope­ful that the present Gov­er­nor will ac­cord Ladakh di­vi­sional sta­tus. Talk­ing about a pos­si­ble tus­sle be­tween Leh and Kargil, he said there could be the “Dar­bar move” from Kargil to Leh for six months each.

Khan said that he has also held a de­tailed dis­cus­sion with the Gov­er­nor for es­tab­lish­ing of a Cen­tral univer­sity at Kargil for the Ladakh re­gion. He said that he has con­vinced the Gov­er­nor that Kargil is a cen­trally lo­cated district and has healthy en­roll­ment ra­tio of stu­dents at the off­site cam­pus. It also has a de­gree col­lege and many higher se­condary schools as com­pared to Leh.

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