MHA again rules out tribal status to Ladakh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 20: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has once again ruled out grant of tribal status to the Union Territory of Ladakh saying the powers given to two Autonomous Hill Development Councils of Leh and Kargil are more in line with the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India.
This was stated by Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy in response to a written question by Sajda Ahmed in Lok Sabha.
“The Government of India and the administration of the Union Territory of Ladakh are working towards enhancing penetration of 13 flagship and 44 individual beneficiary centric schemes of Government of India among the eligbile persons/ families in both the districts of Ladkah,” Reddy said.
“The administration of Union Territory of Ladakh has reported that certain peaceful protests for inclusion of Ladakh under Sixth schedule along with demands for protection of job, employment, land, culture and environment etc have taken place in the district of Leh and Kargil,” he added.