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New Map of India: This is how new J&K, Ladakh map looks!

New Map of India: India depicts PoK's Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and Punch as a part of J&K and Gilgit-Baltistan as a part of Ladakh.

Nov 4, 2019 14:11 IST
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New Map of India: The Government has released a new political map of India after two new Union Territories- Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh came into existence on October 31, 2019. The new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has a total of 22 districts, while Ladakh has two districts.

The new political map of India shows three districts of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) – Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and Punch as a part of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, another Pakistan administered territory, as a part of Ladakh.

The move of including Pakistan-administered areas as a part of India’s geographical territory comes amidst protests by Pakistan and its ally China against India’s move to bifurcate J&K into two Union Territories. 

The Indian Parliament had passed the proposal to withdraw the statehood of J&K on August 5. The new political map of India was released by the Ministry of Home Affairs on November 2, 2019. 

About New Map of India

• The new map of India depicting the new Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh was prepared by the Survey General of India.

• The Union Territory of Ladakh includes two districts Kargil and Leh. While Kargil has been carved of Leh and Ladakh district, Leh includes the districts of Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas, Tribal Territory and remaining areas of Leh and Ladakh.

• The new map of the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory includes 22 districts, including areas of Muzaffarabad and Mirpur, which were under the PoK in the previous map.

• Apart from this, Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla, Poonch, Budgaam, Shopian, Kulgam, Kishtwar, Udhampur, Doda, Samba, Jammu, Kathua, Ramban, Rajouri, Anantnag, Pulwama, Srinagar, Reasi and Ganderbal districts will be a part of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Districts of Jammu & Kashmir in 1947

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

By 2019, the government has reorganized these 14 districts into 28 districts. New districts are - Srinagar, Kargil Rajouri,  Kupwara, Ganderbal, Doda, Pulwama, Shupian, Bandipur, Kulgam, Ramban, Kishtivar, Budgam and Samba.

 Background

The central government introduced a resolution for the bifurcation of the state in Parliament on August 5, 2019. The state was divided into two parts and given the status of Union Territory after the approval of the President. Also, the provisions of Article 370 giving special status to the state were repealed. After this decision, on October 31, two new UTs duly came into existence in India. The central government appointed GC Murmu and RK Mathur first Lieutenant Governors of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh respectively.

                                                         New Political Map of India (Source: PIB)

List of 28 states in India

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha,  Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

List of 9 UTs in India

Andaman and Nicobar, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir,  Ladakh, Lakshadweep and Puducherry.

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