New Delhi: Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, R K Mathur, called on Union Minister Jitendra Singh in New Delhi today and offered an update about recent developments following the creation of the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh three weeks ago.
Singh informed Mathur about the special priority focus to be given to Ladakh on the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He referred to Modi’s emphasis of the development of the region during his visit to Ladakh early this year and also mentioned a number of projects launched by the PM during that visit.
Singh recalled that the demand for a Union Territory was made by the people of Ladakh soon after independence and it has now been fulfilled. For the Union Territory of Ladakh, Mathur as the first Lt Governor has a historic as well as crucial responsibility to deliver, he said.
The recent announcement made by Union Home Minister Amit Shah for Rs. 50,000 crore to support the Power Projects in Ladakh and to provide winter-grade Diesel fuel, said Singh, will not only provide ease of living but also be a game changer.
Describing it as a beginning of a new era of the fast development of Ladakh, Singh also shared with Lieutenant Governor details of discussions he had held with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to set up Fruit Processing Units for ‘Leh Berry’ in Ladakh and ‘Garo Berry’ for Meghalaya. This, he said, would provide a substantial source of local livelihood for the people of Ladakh in the same manner as has been accomplished in the North East.
Singh also emphasized the need to explore Ladakh’s potential for production of Solar Energy, which could be a boon for the entire country.
He informed the Lieutenant Governor that last year he had taken up with the Aviation Ministry the issue of increasing air connectivity with the region and also regulation of the air fare for the local residents.
Following this, he said, under the UDAN scheme of Government of India, an airport for Kargil was approved along with an airport for Kishtwar.
Earlier in the week it was announced that Ladakh will get a National Institute of Sowa-Rigpa (NISR) an autonomous National Institute under the Ministry of AYUSH with a mandate to promote traditional medicine and undertake interdisciplinary education and research programs in Sowa-Rigpa.
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