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Govt releases new political map of India with Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh

The new map, released by the Union Home Ministry, denotes the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and doesn’t take account of Aksai Chin and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. 

Govt releases new political map of India with Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh

NEW DELHI: Two days after Jammu and Kashmir was officially bifurcated into two Union Territories - Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh - the Government on Saturday released the new political map of the country showing 28 states and nine Union Territories.

Jammu and Kashmir transitioned from a state into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — nearly three months after Parliament revoked the state's special status by abrogating Article 370.

The new map, released by the Union Home Ministry, denotes the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and doesn’t take account of Aksai Chin and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. 

In the new map, Gilgit-Baltistan is shown to be part of Ladakh and PoK as part of J&K UT.

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The Ladakh UT consists of two districts - Kargil and Leh - while the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory comprises 20 districts.

In a gazette notification, the government also enumerated the territories in Leh district as, "Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilas, Tribal territory and Leh and Ladakh, except the present territory of Kargil."

The order was called the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Removal of Difficulties) Second Order, 2019.

The map of J&K UT comprises 20 districts, including Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and the area of Poonch which are under PoK.

In 1947, the former Jammu and Kashmir state had 14 districts - Kathua, Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Anantnag, Baramulla, Poonch, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Leh and Ladakh, Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas and Tribal Territory.

On the recommendation of the Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind effectively abrogated Article 370 from the Indian Constitution and issued the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, in August.

On October 31, J&K ceased to exist as a state and was officially bifurcated into two UTs - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature like Puducherry, while Ladakh will be a Union Territory without a legislature like Chandigarh. Both will be headed by separate Lieutenant Governors.