Ladakh, continuous to be an inhospitable terrain, with features like high attitude, cold climate, vast geographical area and its population. Accessibility issues have always rendered setting up of industries which make it a highly challenging task. An extremely thinly populated UT, Ladakh has a density of only 5 persons per sq. km. with abundance of land and natural resources available in the region, the UT of Ladakh holds great potential to foster startups and innovative ideas. The Directorate of Industries & Commerce, Ladakh was established vide J&K Govt. order No. 47-LA of 2019, dated 15-10-2019, where under separate Directorate was created for Ladakh Division to ensure the speedy development of Industries.