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Kargil wins the divisional battle

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Govt agrees to rotational divisional hqrs 

Jammu, Feb 15: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday agreed to the demands of Kargil including the rotational divisional headquarters during a meeting with the All Party Co-ordination Committee members, an official spokesperson said.

He said after listening patiently to all delegation members and understanding the feelings and sentiments of the people Kargil, the Governor announced that the newly created administrative and revenue division of Ladakh will have its headquarters jointly at Leh and Kargil.

There will be offices at both places in Leh and Kargil. Two Additional Divisional Commissioners will be posted, one each in Leh and Kargil. The Divisional Commissioner and IGP will spend half their time in Kargil and half in Leh. The periodicity of this will be determined by the committee constituted by SAC under the Principal Secretary (Planning) for the purpose, spokesperson said.

He said the committee will examine and report on the periodicity of the Divisional Commissioner’s and IG’s sitting at Leh/Kargil-weekly, fortnightly, etc, and also identify the posts of divisional-level heads of various departments that may be required for the new Ladakh Division, their equitable locations at Kargil and Leh and their staffing pattern besides any other measures as necessary.

The committee will submit its report by February 24.

Sthe spokesman also informed that the State government will immediately provide Rs 200 crores from the JKIDFC/other sources to a separate account to convert the Kargil airport to a full-fledged civilian airport which can handle medium-body jets like Boeing and Airbus.

The Secretary (Ladakh Affairs) will constantly engage with LAHDC, Kargil and other peoples’ representatives to improve the development prospects of Kargil.

The Co-ordination Committee welcomed the Governor’s decision and agreed to call off all demonstrations in Kargil, the spokesperson said.

The Governor also welcomed the decision of the Co-ordination Committee and complimented them for the peaceful nature of their demonstration and said “this is a hallmark of our democracy”.

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