LEH, Dec 15: An executive meeting of District Congress Party Leh was held here today under the chairmanship of DCC president T Namgyal to celebrate the achievements of former Union Minister and three time Member Parliament. P Namgyal on the occasion of
his 85th birthday.
The meeting was attended by sitting Councilors, ex-MLA Deldan Namgyal, ex MLC Nurbu Gyaltsen, ex CEC Rigzin Spalbar, MCL president Dr Namgyal Gangjor, MCL Ward members, ex ECs Mohd Shafi Lasu, Ghulam Abbas Abidi, Sonam Dorjey Sercho, DCC senior members, BCC Nubra president Stobdan Goba, Youth Congress Executive members, Sewa Dal Chairman Vir Chakra Capt Tsepel and Women Wing members.
Speakers on the occasion described P Namgyal as one of the pillars of Congress Party in Ladakh ever since he became a members of INC in 1969 and played a very pivotal role in strengthening Congress Party in Ladakh.
While being Union Minister and MP from Ladakh, P Namgyal worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people of Ladakh and carried out some major developmental activities for the region. In grant of ST status for Ladakh region, P. Namgyal played role of a propeller and it was due to his constant personal persuasion in fulfilling the nitty gritty of formalities at different Ministerial level and the Registrar General of Census India.
Again P Namgyal was a key person to convince then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to talk to agitating LBA in 1989 and agree for Hill Council Dispensation. The Union decision in 1989 to exempt Ladakh from any kind of Taxes on income was another very important milestone achieved for which Namgyal struggled very hard. People of Nubra Valley also got a major gift when he was successful in creation of a separate MLA constituency for Nubra region. The establishment of bulk Indian Oil Depot in Leh, LPG Gas bottling plant and opening of first Petrol Pump in Leh were other major achievements of Namgyal. The installation of first Satellite communication in Leh District was a great feat which was amongst the first in the country.
Namgyal was also instrumental in introducing Indian Airlines flights to Leh from Delhi, opening of the All Indía Radio station at Leh and compelled the Govt to do away with the permit system for the movement of the locals within Leh.