Home Ministry to constitute committee for Ladakh’s demand of constitutional safeguards

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New Delhi: A ten-member delegation from Ladakh, including members of Apex Body of People’s Movement for Sixth Schedule for Ladakh, held a meeting with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday in New Delhi in connection with Ladakh’s demand for constitutional safeguards under Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India.
In view of the difficult geographical conditions and strategic importance of Ladakh, all the representatives expressed their concern with respect to conservation of language, culture and land of Ladakh, participation of the people of Ladakh in its development, protection of employment and changes in the demography of Ladakh region.
In the last one month, protests and strikes also took place in Ladakh demanding constitutional safeguard for Ladakh under 6th schedule of the Constitution .
In this meeting, Home Minister Amit Shah informed that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Government is committed towards the development of Ladakh and conservation of the land and culture of Ladakh.
“By conferring the status of Union Territory on Ladakh, the Modi Government has displayed its commitment towards fulfilling the long pending demands of the people of Ladakh,” an official press note issued after the meeting stated.
A meeting held under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister decided that in order to find an appropriate solution to the issues related to language of Ladakh, culture of Ladakh and conservation of land in Ladakh, a committee will be constituted under the leadership of G Kishan Reddy, MoS (Home).
It added, “The committee would comprise of members of the delegation who met the Home Minister today, elected members from Ladakh, members of the LAHDC Council and ex-officio members representing Government of India and Ladakh administration. The members of this committee will consider the concerns expressed by the members of this delegation to find an early solution to the same and the views of this committee would also be taken due cognizance of while taking a final decision.”

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