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Advisor Kotwal asks for protection of priceless manuscripts in Ladakh’s monasteries

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 at 6:58 pm

The Advisor to the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, UT of Ladakh Dr Pawan Kotwal convened a meeting of the Tourism Department, UT Ladakh to assess the advancement of major projects and review the expenditures incurred on works and revenue components, at the Civil Secretariat, Leh.

At the outset of the meeting, a detailed presentation presented an insightful overview of expenditures and revenues associated with its portfolio of projects. The detailed presentation served as a testament to the department’s commitment to transparency and fiscal responsibility.

The key topics assessed during the meeting were the major projects underway within the tourism sector, with a detailed examination of the financial allocations and expenditures associated with each initiative. A detailed discussion was held on sustainably promoting tourism in UT Ladakh, side by side focusing on the development.

The Advisor Dr Pawan Kotwal emphasized the importance of fiscal responsibility and efficient utilization of resources to ensure maximum impact and benefit for the community and visitors alike. He underscored the significance of fostering sustainable tourism practices in Ladakh, aligning with the region’s unique cultural and environmental attributes. He advised the concerned departments to consider providing fireproof library cabinets to all Monasteries to preserve and protect the priceless manuscripts in the monasteries and provide a CCTV system for safety reasons.

The Advisor expressed optimism about the future course of the Ladakh tourism industry, confident that with strategic planning and collective efforts, the region will continue to captivate visitors and contribute significantly to the overall development of the Union Territory of Ladakh. The meeting concluded with recommendations and a renewed commitment to boost Ladakh Tourism to new heights.

The meeting provided a platform for constructive dialogue on innovative approaches to elevate Ladakh as a premier tourist destination while safeguarding its natural beauty and cultural heritage.

The meeting was attended by the Commissioner/Secretary of Tourism, UT Ladakh, Kacho Mehboob Ali Khan; Director of Finance, UT Ladakh, Dr Safdar Ali; Director of Tourism, UT Ladakh, Kunzes Angmo; Assistant Director of Tourism, Leh, Tsering Spalzes; Chief Executive Officer of Leh Development Authority, Leh, Sonam Chosjor; Deputy Director of Planning (Home), PD&MD, UT Ladakh, Tsering Angdus; Officer on Special Duty to Commissioner Secretary, Mohammad Ali Tak; Deputy Director of Planning & Monitoring, UT Ladakh, Kacho Mohd Hussain; Accounts Officer of Tourism Department, UT Secretariate, Shamim Ahmad; officers of the concerned Executing Agency; relevant officers of concerned departments, while Chief Executive Officer of Kargil Development Authority Abdul Gaffar Zargar; Additional Director of Tourism, Kargil Agha Syed Toha; Executive Engineer of LDA/KDA Morup Dorjey joined the meeting virtually.