High powered committee on Ladakh

High powered committee on Ladakh

High Powered Committee on Ladakh

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 For Prelims: 6th schedule, Ladakh Autonomous Hill District Councils of Leh and Kargil, Geography of Ladakh

For Mains: About High powered committee on Ladakh

Why in news:

Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs established a powerful committee to talk about ways to safeguard the “ensure the protection of land and jobs” for the people of Ladakh.

About high powered committee on Ladakh

  • The committee, which will have 17 members, will be led by the state minister for home affairs. Among its members are :
    • The chairmen of the autonomous hill councils of Leh and Kargil,
    • MHA’s joint secretary for Ladakh affairs,
    • MP for the area, and
    • Ladakh Lieutenant Governor.
  • The committee was established by the directive to talk about ways to safeguard the region’s distinctive language and culture while taking into account both its strategic and geographical value.
  • The group will also talk about ways to secure land rights and create jobs for Ladakh residents, as well as how to empower the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council in Leh and Kargil while fostering inclusive growth and job creation.

The reason why was a committee formed

  • The protection of land, resources, and jobs have been demanded by civil society organizations in this region for the previous three years, following the reading down by Parliament on August 5, 2019, of the special status of the formerly-existing State of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution.
  • The committee will discuss ways to safeguard the region’s distinctive culture and language while taking into account its strategic importance.
  • Further geographic location, protect the land and jobs of the people of Ladakh, plan for inclusive development, and talk about matters about the empowerment of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill District Councils of Leh and Kargil.

About the sixth schedule

  • By establishing autonomous development councils that can draught legislation on land, public health, and agriculture, the sixth schedule of Article 244 of the Constitution safeguards the autonomy of tribal populations.
  • Ten autonomous councils are currently operating in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Mizoram.
  • Ladakh has a total population of 2,74,289, with close to 80% of them being tribals, according to the 2011 Census.

Government’s Stand

  • Recently, the MHA explained to a parliamentary standing committee that it is not attempting to award Ladakh any special status.
  • The inclusion of tribal groups under the sixth schedule is meant to ensure their general socioeconomic development.
  • The UT administration has already been ensuring, and that it is receiving sufficient funding to meet its overall developmental needs.
  • The administration has enhanced the reservation for the Scheduled Tribes in direct recruitment from 10% to 45%, which will considerably aid the tribal community in their development.

About Ladakh

  • The northernmost region of India is called Ladakh, and it borders Tibet to the east, Gilgit-Baltistan to the west, Jammu and Kashmir to the south, and the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh to the south.
  • It reaches down to the Great Himalayas in the south, from the Siachen Glacier in the northern Karakoram range.
  • It’s India’s only Cold desert.
  • It, also known as Bhoti or Bodhi, is home to the Tibetic Ladakhi language, which is also known as the Tibetan language.
  • Goucha, or Kuntop & Bok in the local language, is the name of the long woolen robe worn by Ladakh’s males. Kuntop & Bok are the names of the corresponding robes worn by women. Long hats are called peraks and are worn by both men and women.
  • Instruments used in traditional music include the linyu flute, damnyan stringed instrument, pivang, khakong sitar, daph (dafli) daman, surna, and piwang (shehnai and drum).
  • Dance: The Khatok Chenmo, which is directed by a devout family member named Shondol, is one of the well-known dances in Ladakh.
  • Other dancing styles include Alley Yaato, Kompa Tsum-tsak Jabro Chaams, Chabs-Skyan Tses, and Raldi Tses. Chham, or mask dances, which frequently depict the triumph of good over evil, is one of the most well-known dance styles in Ladakh.
  • Social Structure: In comparison to other regions of India, Ladakh accords women in a relatively high position. As soon as the eldest son marries, the elders of a family retire from daily engagement in household matters. This practice is called “Khang-bu,” or “small house.”

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  • The Hindu (Explained | Why has a high-power Ladakh committee been formed?)
  • The Hindu (MHA constitutes high powered committee to ensure the protection of land and employment for Ladakh)

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