BJP Wins Ladakh Elections; What is LAHDC-Leh?

BJP has won 15 seats in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council-Leh (LADCH-Leh) election. Congress won 9 seats, while 2 seats have been won by independents.

Here is the list of all the seats that won by different parties. The name in capital letters are Constituencies and in brackets are the winning candidates.

BJP: TURTUK (Ghulam Mehandi); HUNDAR (Kunzang Lotus); DISKIT (Tsering Angchuk); TEGAR (Rigzen Lundup); PANAMIK (Tsering Sandup); TANGTSE (Tashi Namgyal); KUNGYAM (Thinles Nurboo); KORZOK (Karma Namdak); MARTSELANG (Stanzin Chosphel); THIKSAY (Stanzin Chosfail); CHUCHOT (Mirza Hussain); SKU MARKHA (Sonam Nurboo); KHALTSI (Lobzang Sherab); LAMAYOURU (Morup Dorjey); LINGSHET (Tashi Gyalson)

CONGRESS: SAKTI (Rigzin Tsering); IGOO (Sonam Thardos); UPPER LEH (Phuntsog Stanzin Tsepag; LOWER LEH (Tsering Namgyal); PHYANG (Tundup Nurbu); BASGO (Tsering Norboo); SASPOL (Smanla Dorje Nurboo); TEMISGAM (Sonam Dorjey); SKURBUCHAN (Lundup Dorjai)

INDEPENDENT: CHUSUL (Konchok Stanzin); NYOMA (Ishey Spalzang)

AAP: 0

THE LADAKH AUTONOMOUS HILL DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS ACT, 1995

This Act provides for establishment of Autonomous Hill Development
Councils and in Inter-District Advisory Council in the Ladakh region of
Jammu and Kashmir.

It was amended in 1997. Both the documents could be found through these links:

https://prsindia.org/files/bills_acts/acts_states/jammu-and-kashmir/1995/1995J&K1.pdf

https://www.indiacode.nic.in/bitstream/123456789/4912/1/ladakh_autonomous_hill_development_council_act%2C_1997.pdf

The council came into being with the holding of elections on August 28,1995. The inaugural meeting of the council was held at Leh on September 3,1995. LAHDC have executive powers in the district in relation to :

  • allotment, use and occupation of land vested in the Council by the Government under the Act
  • formulation of development programme
  • periodical review of the progress and achievements of developmental plans and schemes
  • formulation and finalisation of the Budget
  • special measure of employment generation, alleviation of poverty, education, vocational training, small scale and cottage industry
  • promotion of local culture, language
  • Power to levy and collect taxes and fee
  • ….and others

Thus, this Council has strengthened the democratic decentralisation of planning process with the involvement of people at the grass root level.

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