New Delhi: With the President's accent to the newly passed Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation Act comes in to effect, the two newly created Union Terrotories Jammu &Kashmir and Ladakh will officially come into existence on October 31, the Home Ministry said here on Friday.
October 31 happens to be the birth anniversary of the country's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was instrumental in the merger of about 565 princely states into the Union of India following Independence.
The Parliament has given its nod to the J&K Re-organisation Bill on August 6 turned the militancy hit state in two separate administrative units as Union Terrotories.
According to the new Act, UT J&K will have Assembly while Ladakh will be UT without a legislature.Each UT will be governed by a separate Lieutenant Governor.
The Ladakh UT will have three districts that are Leh, Kargil and Ladakh while the rest 12 districts will remain with J&K UT.
According to the Home Ministry notification, the tenure of J&K Assembly will be of 5 years only which use to be six years in previous arrangement.(UNI)