JAMMU, Oct 16: The Government today ordered shifting of the headquarters of Administrative Secretary, Ladakh Affairs Department to Leh, Ladakh with immediate effect with a view to oversee transition of Ladakh to a Union Territory and operationalization of UT Secretariat.
Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will become two Union Territories on October 31.
An official order said Rigzian Sampheal, Commissioner/ Secretary to Government, Ladakh Affairs Department, will be headquartered at Leh.
Further, it said, the Divisional Commissioner Ladakh, will report to the Administrative Secretary, Ladakh Affairs Department.
Meanwhile, the stationing of Administrative Secretary, Ladakh Affairs Department at Leh has been resented by Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil.
LAHDC Kargil Chairman Feroz Khan said they welcome the posting of Sampheal as Administrative Secretary, Ladakh Affairs Department but his headquarters should be rotational in Leh and Kargil otherwise, the people of Drass will have to travel 300 kilometers to reach Leh.
Khan hoped the Government will order rotational headquarters of the Administrative Secretary.