Government has released a new map of India prepared by Survey General of India. This new political map, created on 31st October 2019, shows the recently carved out Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
Jammu & Kashmir has presently 28 districts including Srinagar, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Budgam, Pulwama, Rajouri, Kulgam, Kishtwar, Samba, Jammu, Kathua. On the other hand, Ladakh UT has two districts namely Leh and Kargil. The new map of India also shows the three districts of Muzaffarabad, Punch, and Mirpur which are under Pakistan Occupied Kashmir(POK). The total number of states in India now stands at 28 whereas the number of Union Territories has increased to 9.
In 1947, Jammu & Kashmir state had 14 districts namely Kathua, Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Anantnag, Baramulla, Poonch, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Leh and Ladakh, Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhasand Tribal Territory.
The UT of Jammu & Kashmir will have a legislature while the UT of Ladakh will be without legislature. Both of the UTs will have separate Lieutenant Governors. IAS officer of Gujarat cadre Girish Chandra Murmu has sworn in as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir while retired bureaucrat of Tripura cadre Radha Krishna Mathur has sworn in as the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh.
Here is the new map of India as tweeted by Dr Jitendra Singh:
After the abrogation of Article 370 on 5th August 2019, Jammu & Kashmir was officially bifurcated into two UTs of J&K and Ladakh on 31st October 2019. Article 370, that gave special status to the state of Jammu & Kashmir, was revoked on 5th August after the President Ram Nath Kovind passed a resolution that nullified all the provisions of special status to the state.
It is considered as a bold move on the part of Narendra Modi government. Curfew was imposed across the state with complete ban on mobile and internet services. The mobile services have been restored to a certain level but the internet services remain suspended. The life in Kashmir valley is struggling to limp back to normalcy. Terror activities, which were subdued after the abrogation of Article 370, has increased in the past month. The terrorists are targeting the non-local migrant labourers and truck drivers.
Recently, United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights has asked the Indian government to fully restore the rights and liberties of people of Kashmir and maintain peace in the region.