Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh
Part of: GS Prelims and GS –II- Polity
- LAHDC, Leh is an autonomous district council that administers the Leh district of Ladakh.
- The council was created under the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Act of 1995.
- LAHDC-Leh has a total of 30 seats and four councillors are nominated by the government.
- The executive arm of the council consists of an executive committee composed of a Chief Executive Councillor and four other executive councillors.
- The autonomous hill council 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.
- Leh, which is a Buddhist-dominated district of Ladakh, has demanded the implementation of the sixth schedule for the Union territory to guard against demographic change and dilution of the unique cultural and tribal identity.
- The democratic constitution of the Council has heralded democratic decentralization of planning process with the involvement of people at the grass root level.
- An Autonomous Hill Council has also been established in neighboring Kargil District. The Hill Council in Kargil came in to existence in July 2003.