Leh-Minister of State for Culture & Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel announced that the Ministry of Tourism will provide full support to the local administration in preparing a new Tourism Policy for Ladakh. He also assured them that if needed, the Ministry people will visit every month to Ladakh to provide their support and help regarding this matter.

The Minister also said that right now Ladakh region has only 14 monuments under ASI protection and the Ministry is willing to increase it to double or triple fold. He further added that there are several many unknown yet important monuments available in Leh and Kargil regions which can be protected by ASI.

In the meeting, the local stakeholders appreciated Minister’s initiative to visit Ladakh and hold fruitful meetings. They demanded support of Government of India in various matters like better connectivity, better infrastructure, rebate in taxation to boost tourism industry, to promote village tourism and adventure tourism among others.