Separate legislature demand in Ladakh forward of PM J&Ok meet

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AHEAD OF Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assembly with leaders of all political events from Jammu and Kashmir, a grouping of Leh-based socio-religious and political organisations, together with BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, on Wednesday demanded a separate legislature for the Union Territory of Ladakh.

“We had up to now been demanding safeguards below sixth Schedule of the Indian Structure to deal with individuals’s apprehensions referring to land, reservation to jobs, tradition, language and surroundings after abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A,’’ mentioned former Ladakh MP Thupstan Chhewang, a member of Apex Physique, which contains heads of most socio-religious and political organisations, throughout a press convention in Leh. “Nevertheless, we have now now modified our demand to a UT with legislature for Ladakh.”

He mentioned a choice on this was taken by members of the Apex Physique at a gathering in Thicksey on Tuesday, because it was felt that “in view of the current political state of affairs and the form of administration arrange and the works undertaken in Ladakh after the formation of UT, the aspirations of the individuals can’t be met until they get the facility to make legal guidelines and resolve about Ladakh’’.

“Nevertheless, if the safeguards as accessible below sixth Schedule of the Structure weren’t potential for the individuals of Ladakh regardless of their getting a UT with legislature, we’ll demand the Centre to have a separate Schedule for them within the Structure,’’ Chhewang added.

Namgyal and Tashi Gyalson, chairperson of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Improvement Council (LAHDC), have been additionally current on the press convention.

The Apex Physique has determined to tackle board the individuals of Kargil as effectively to collectively press the demand earlier than the Centre, Chhewang mentioned, including that they’ll quickly invite representatives of LAHDC, Kargil, and heads of socio-religious and political organisations there to Leh for talks.

If a consensus emerges, there can be joint panel comprising members from each districts to take up the problem with the Centre, he mentioned. The joint panel can be headed by Namgyal, he added.

Stating that they already had two conferences with Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah in Delhi, Chhewang mentioned it was then determined {that a} committee headed by Minister of State for Dwelling G Krishna Reddy can be fashioned to deal with the apprehensions of individuals of Ladakh over shedding safeguards after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A.

Although the Apex Physique despatched names of its representatives, the committee couldn’t be arrange for need of finalisation of names of its officers by the Dwelling Ministry, UT administration, moreover Hill Councils of each Leh and Kargil, he added.

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