Sheikh Muhammad Sadiq Rajyee, who heads the influential Imam Khomieni Memorial Trust, Kargil (IKMT) , a socio-religious organisation said, ” we have decided neither to oppose nor welcome the promise made by the MHA on the Sixth Schedule to the leadership of Ladakh. We have already suffered due to the UT status which was not Kargil’s demand. We never demanded UT status and were aware about its consequences.”
The Ladakh leaders rolled back their boycott decision and decided to participate in the upcoming LAHDC Leh polls next month after their delegation of met the Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi.
The delegation sought the protection under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India. The Schedule protects tribal populations and provides autonomy to the communities through the creation of autonomous development councils, which can frame laws on land, public health, agriculture and many other things. Already, there are 10 such autonomous councils in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.(KNS)