New Maps Of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh Union Territories Released
The government has released new maps of newly created Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, and a map of India depicting the regions.
In a statement on Saturday, the Ministry of Home Affairs said the Union Territory of Ladakh consists of two districts—Kargil and Leh—while the rest of the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir is in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
In 1947, the erstwhile state of J&K had the following 14 districts—Kathua, Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Anantnag, Baramulla, Poonch, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Leh and Ladakh, Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas and Tribal Territory.
By 2019, the government of J&K state had reorganised the areas of these 14 districts into 28 districts. The names of the new districts were—Kupwara, Bandipur, Ganderbal, Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama, Shupian, Kulgam, Rajouri, Ramban, Doda, Kishtiwar, Samba and Kargil.
Out of these, Kargil district was carved out from the area of Leh and Ladakh district.
The Leh district of the new Union Territory of Ladakh has been defined in the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Removal of Difficulties) Second Order, 2019, issued by the President of India, to include the areas of the districts of Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas and Tribal Territory of 1947, in addition to the remaining areas of Leh and Ladakh districts of 1947, after carving out the Kargil District.
The maps prepared by Survey General of India depicting the new Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, as created on Oct. 31, 2019, along with the map of India, are released, the statement said.
On the recommendation of the Parliament, the president effectively dismantled Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and gave assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.
The erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir was reorganised as the new Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and the new Union Territory of Ladakh on Oct. 31.