Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh
Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh
Chief Executive Councillor
Tashi Gyalson, Bharatiya Janata Party
since 31 October 2020
|26 plurality voting|
The council was created under the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Act 1995, following demands of Ladakhi people to make Leh District a new Indian Union Territory because of its religious and cultural differences with the rest of Jammu and Kashmir. In October 1993, the Indian Union Government and the Jammu and Kashmir State Government agreed to grant Ladakh the status of Autonomous Hill Council.
The council came into being with the holding of elections on 28 August 1995. The inaugural meeting of the council was held at Leh on 3 September 1995. An Autonomous Hill Council has also been established in neighboring Kargil District. The Hill Council in Kargil came in to existence in July 2003.
In 2003, as part of its "healing touch policy", the J&K government announced popular elections for the Autonomous Hill Development Council in Kargil, which was meant to strengthen participatory forms of development, governance and democratic state-building in the war-ravaged district.
The autonomous hill councils work with village panchayats to take decisions on economic development, healthcare, education, land use, taxation, and local governance which are further reviewed at the block headquarters in the presence of the chief executive councillor and executive councillors. The administration of Union Territory of Ladakh looks after law and order, communications and the higher education in the districts.
The council is composed of 30 Councillors of which 26 are directly elected and 4 are nominated members.
The executive arm of the council consists of an executive committee composed of a Chief Executive Councillor and four other executive councillors.
Members by PartyEdit
In the elections for the LAHDC on 26 October, the BJP won 15 out of 26 seats.
|Constituency No||Name||Winning party||Trailing Party||Margin|
|1||TURTUK||Ghulam Mehdi (BJP)||Ghulam Hussain (IND)||BJP won by 367 votes|
|2||HUNDAR||Kunzang Lotus (BJP)||Stanzin Chotar (INC)||BJP won by 420 votes|
|3||DISKIT||Tsering Angchuk (BJP)||Tsewang Rigzin (INC)||BJP won by 570 votes|
|4||TEGAR||Rigzen Lundup (BJP)||Jigmet Stobgais (INC)||BJP won by 416 votes|
|5||PANAMIK||Tsering Sandup (BJP)||Rigzin Norboo (INC)||BJP won by 376 votes|
|6||TANGTSE||Tashi Namgyal (BJP)||Namgyal Dorjey (INC)||BJP won by 180 votes|
|7||CHUSHUL||Konchok Stanzin (IND)||Konchok Tsepel (BJP)||IND won by 309 votes|
|8||NYOMA||Ishey Spalzang (IND) (joint BJP)||Thuptan Wangchuk (INC)||IND (joint BJP) won by 16 votes|
|9||KUNGYAM||Thinles Nurboo (BJP)||Skarma Zotpa (INC)||BJP won by 133 votes|
|10||KORZOK||Karma Namdak (BJP)||Gurmet Dorjey (INC)||BJP won by 566 votes|
|11||SAKTI||Rigzin Tsering (INC)||Urgain Phuntsog (AAP)||INC won by 20 votes|
|12||IGOO||Sonam Thardos (INC)||Tsering Palden (BJP)||INC won by 79 votes|
|13||MARTSELANG||Stanzin Chosphel (BJP)||Eshey Tsering (INC)||BJP won by 684 votes|
|14||THIKSAY||Stanzin Chosfail (BJP)||Tundup Gyatso (INC)||BJP won by 344 votes|
|15||CHUCHOT||Mirza Hussain (BJP)||Sayeeda Bano (IND)||BJP won by 735 votes|
|16||UPPER LEH||Phuntsog Stanzin Tsepag (INC)||Tsering Namgail (IND)||INC won by 36 votes|
|17||LOWER LEH||Tsering Namgyal (INC)||P. Wangdan (BJP)||INC won by 1116 votes|
|18||PHYANG||Tundup Nurbu (INC)||Phunchok Dorjey (BJP)||INC won by 57 votes|
|19||SKU MARKHA||Sonam Nurboo (BJP)||Tsewang Gyaltsan (IND)||BJP won by 67 votes|
|20||BASGO||Tsering Norboo (INC)||Dorji Angchok (BJP)||INC won by 223 votes|
|21||SASPOL||Smanla Dorje Nurboo (INC)||Tsewang Nurboo (IND)||INC won by 481 votes|
|22||TEMISGAM||Sonam Dorjey (INC)||Tsering Wangchok (BJP)||INC won by 245 votes|
|23||KHALTSI||Lobzang Sherab (BJP)||Jigmet Rabgais (INC)||BJP won by 9 votes|
|24||SKURBUCHAN||Lundup Dorjai (INC)||Phuntsog Stanzin (BJP)||INC won by 122 vote|
|25||LAMAYOURU||Morup Dorjey (BJP)||Dorjey Gailson (INC)||BJP won by 237 votes|
|26||LINGSHET||Tashi Gyalson (BJP)||Kunchok Norboo (INC)||BJP won by 311 votes|
The members of the executive committee are as follows:
- Tashi Gyalson - Chief Executive Councillor 
- Tsering Angchuk - Deputy Chief Executive Councillor (Departments of Education, Higher Education, Environment, Arts and Culture, District Motor Garages, FCS&CA, ICDS, Labour Welfare, Parks and Garden, Polytechnics, SAMAGRA, Social Welfare and Youth Services and Sports).
- Tashi Namgyal Yakzee - Departments of Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative, MGNREGA, Rural Development Department, Command Area Development, Rural Sanitation and Wildlife.
- Ghulam Mehdi - Departments of Employment, Forest, Fisheries, Handicrafts, Handloom, Horticulture, Industries, Minority Affairs, Soil Conservation and Stationery and Printings
- Stanzin Chosphel - Departments of Agriculture, Antiquities and Archives, Information, Information and Technology, ITI and Statistic and Evaluation.
On 8 May 2013 mutual collaboration for sustainable development in Ladakh in the tune with Ladakh Vision Document 2025 was jointly organised by LAHDC and NABARD at Sindhu Sanskriti Kendra in Leh. The workshop-cum-discussion session was inaugurated by the then Chief Executive Councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Rigzin Spalbar by lighting up the lamp in the presence of Executive Councillors.
In his introductory speech, Rigzin Spalbar talked about Ladakh Vision Document 2025 which was prepared in 2005 by a committee of 20 members headed by Sonam Dawa, former Chief Engineer and Advisor of Ladakh Ecological Development Group. These members belonging to different fields of expertise had put a great effort in the conceptualisation of the Vision Document. CEC took the opportunity to felicitate them at the function with a traditional scarf and a memento.
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