Ladakh: Union minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday inaugurates a two-day workshop on capacity building for Ladakh officials at Leh, he said that goals and targets set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Union Territory of Ladakh would be met in time to make it one of the best UTs in the country.
The historic decision taken on August 5, 2019 (related to carving two Union territories out of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir) will bring all new possibilities to this new UT as the prime minister is persistently pursuing its development agenda, said Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel.
For the convenience of the youth aspirants, Ladakh will have its own exclusive centre for holding of civil services exam, which will be set up at Leh and will become functional next month with the holding of civil services (preliminary) exam, he said.
Similarly, the common eligibility test (CET), planned through the recently-constituted National Recruitment Agency, will have one Centre each in the districts of Leh and Kargil, respectively, the minister said.
Singh said that the CET will be conducted across the country from early 2022 and Ladakh will have two centers at Leh and Kargil to screen or shortlist candidates for jobs in the government sector for which recruitment is presently carried out through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).There will also be a huge benefit to women and Divyang candidates and for those who find it financially unaffordable to appear for multiple tests by travelling to multiple Centres, he said.
Singh said ISRO is also working on to set up a night sky planetarium at the Indian Astronomical Observatory located in Hanle near Leh. He said the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will soon have an exclusive plan to promote, process and do the business of the famous Ladakh fruit called Leh berry, according to a Personnel Ministry statement issued here.
In his address, Ladakh Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur said that ever since the new UT came into being, the prime minister is personally pushing out in every central ministry and department the development paradigm of Ladakh.
He said there are some challenges for building completely new administrative structure in Ladakh as there are shortages of officers and they have to get familiar with the new laws, rules and procedures.
Mathur complimented the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) for organising the capacity building workshop and said this will go a long way in imparting training to officials of the UT.