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New Delhi : A delegation of veteran Ladakhi leaders : Thiksay Rinpoche (former MP/RS), Thupstan Chhewang (former MP/LS), and  Chhering Dorje @ Lakrook (former Minister, J & K), on behalf of the people of Leh, Ladakh, met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on September 26, 2020. G Kishan Reddy, MoS Home, and Kiren Rijiju, MoS Youth Affairs & Sports, were also present during the meeting.

The delegation was assured that all issues related to language, demography, ethnicity, land and jobs will be considered positively/ taken care of. A dialogue between a larger Ladakhi delegation comprising representatives from Leh and Kargil Districts under the aegis of “Peoples Movement for Constitutional safeguard under VIth Schedule” and Union Home Ministry would commence after 15 days of the culmination of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh, elections. Any decision so reached in this connection would be in consultation with the representatives from Leh and Kargil.

Shah assured the delegation that Government of India is committed to empower the LAHDC of Leh and Kargil and would safeguard interests of the people of the UT of Ladakh. It would explore all avenues towards this objective. The Government of India is open to discuss protection available under the 6th Schedule of Constitution of India while looking into issues related to Ladakhi people, he said, according to a PIB release.

The delegation has agreed to withdraw its call for the boycott of the ensuing LAHDC, Leh, elections and promised its wholesome support to the smooth conduct of these elections.