Active Stocks
Wed Apr 24 2024 15:59:54
  1. Tata Steel share price
  2. 165.50 2.73%
  1. NTPC share price
  2. 351.25 1.25%
  1. Power Grid Corporation Of India share price
  2. 290.00 1.75%
  1. Infosys share price
  2. 1,431.85 -0.68%
  1. ITC share price
  2. 428.85 -0.08%
Business News/ Politics / News/  Ladakh sees complete shutdown as thousands protest in freezing cold for ‘statehood’ demand
BackBack

Ladakh sees complete shutdown as thousands protest in freezing cold for ‘statehood’ demand

Protests in Ladakh call for statehood and constitutional protections under the sixth schedule for the Union Territory.

Leh, Jan 03 (ANI): People holding placards take part in the 'Leh Chalo Andolan' called by Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) and Leh Apex Body (LAB) demanding the implementation of the 6th Schedule, Statehood, Land, and job security and separate Lok Sabha Seat in Parliament for Kargil and Leh, in Leh on Saturday. (ANI Photo) (Arhaan )Premium
Leh, Jan 03 (ANI): People holding placards take part in the 'Leh Chalo Andolan' called by Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) and Leh Apex Body (LAB) demanding the implementation of the 6th Schedule, Statehood, Land, and job security and separate Lok Sabha Seat in Parliament for Kargil and Leh, in Leh on Saturday. (ANI Photo) (Arhaan )

Ladakh witnessed a widespread shutdown as thousands participated in marches, advocating for statehood and constitutional protections under the sixth schedule for the Union Territory.

The protests were jointly organized by the Leh Apex Body (LAB) and Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA), and saw men and women marching through the main city of Leh despite freezing temperatures. The LAB and KDA, representing the two regions of Ladakh, have been advocating for statehood and Sixth Schedule status since its conversion into a Union Territory. In August 2021, LAB and KDA joined forces to amplify their demands.

Protestors raised slogans calling for Ladakh's statehood, the implementation of the sixth schedule of the Constitution, and the establishment of separate parliamentary seats for Leh and Kargil districts.

Leh, Jan 03 (ANI): People take part in the 'Leh Chalo Andolan' called by Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) and Leh Apex Body (LAB) demanding the implementation of the 6th Schedule, Statehood, Land, and job security and separate Lok Sabha Seat in Parliament for Kargil and Leh, in Leh on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
View Full Image
Leh, Jan 03 (ANI): People take part in the 'Leh Chalo Andolan' called by Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) and Leh Apex Body (LAB) demanding the implementation of the 6th Schedule, Statehood, Land, and job security and separate Lok Sabha Seat in Parliament for Kargil and Leh, in Leh on Saturday. (ANI Photo) (Arhaan )

Ladakh transitioned into a Union Territory without a legislature following the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, leading to the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories on August 5, 2019.

Meanwhile, residents of Ladakh have expressed dissatisfaction with prolonged bureaucratic rule in the Union Territory and assert that only full statehood, enabling them to elect their representatives to govern the region, can meet their demands.

Earlier in January 2023, the Union Home Ministry established a high-powered committee, headed by Minister of State Rai, with the objective of “ensuring the protection of land and employment" for the people of Ladakh.

Also Read: Why is Ladakh divided over Supreme Court verdict upholding Article 370 abrogation?

PTI reported that representatives from Ladakh have submitted a memorandum demanding that a Ladakh Public Service Commission be put forth, citing the limited opportunities for students in Ladakh to secure gazetted posts due to the absence of such a provision.

Also Read: Article 370 verdict highlights: Govt plans to introduce 33% women's quota in J-K assembly today

Furthermore, sources told PTI that the date for the upcoming meeting between the representatives and the Minister of State (MoS) has not been finalized yet. However, there are indications that the meeting is expected to take place early in February.

Also Read: Ladakh UT illegally set up by India: China on India's Supreme Court Verdict on Article 370

The memorandum also includes a draft bill for amending The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019. This proposed amendment advocates for two Members of Parliament from the Ladakh region - one from Leh and one from Kargil. Additionally, there is optimism that Ladakh will obtain one seat in the Rajya Sabha, similar to states like Sikkim.

(With inputs from agencies)

Unlock a world of Benefits! From insightful newsletters to real-time stock tracking, breaking news and a personalized newsfeed – it's all here, just a click away! Login Now!

Catch all the Politics News and Updates on Live Mint. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates & Live Business News.
More Less
Published: 04 Feb 2024, 09:15 AM IST
Next Story footLogo
Recommended For You
Switch to the Mint app for fast and personalized news - Get App