Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh

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Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh[1]
Coat of arms or logo
Autonomous District Council
of the Leh district
Chief Executive Councillor
Tashi Gyalson, BJP
since 31 October 2020
Seats30 Councillors
Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh 2020.svg
Political groups
  • Government
  BJP (16)
  Nominated (4)
  • Opposition
  INC (9)
  Independents (1)
26 plurality voting
4 nominated
Last election
October 2020
Meeting place
Leh, Ladakh

The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh (LAHDC Leh) is an Autonomous District Council that administers the Leh district of Ladakh, India.[2]


The council was created under the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Act 1995, following demands of Ladakhi people to make Leh District a new Indian Union Territory because of its religious and cultural differences with the rest of Jammu and Kashmir. In October 1993, the Indian Union Government and the Jammu and Kashmir State Government agreed to grant Ladakh the status of Autonomous Hill Council.

The council came into being with the holding of elections on 28 August 1995. The inaugural meeting of the council was held at Leh on 3 September 1995. An Autonomous Hill Council has also been established in neighboring Kargil District. The Hill Council in Kargil came in to existence in July 2003.

In 2003, as part of its "healing touch policy", the J&K government announced popular elections for the Autonomous Hill Development Council in Kargil, which was meant to strengthen participatory forms of development, governance and democratic state-building in the war-ravaged district.[3]


The autonomous hill councils 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.[4] The administration of Union Territory of Ladakh looks after law and order, communications and the higher education in the districts.

Election Results[edit]

In the elections for the LAHDC on 26 October, the BJP won 15 out of 26 seats.[5]

Constituency No. Constituency Name Winning party Trailing Party Margin
1 TURTUK Ghulam Mehdi (BJP) Ghulam Hussain (IND) BJP won by 367 votes
2 HUNDAR Kunzang Lotus (BJP) Stanzin Chotar (INC) BJP won by 420 votes
3 DISKIT Tsering Angchuk (BJP) Tsewang Rigzin (INC) BJP won by 570 votes
4 TEGAR Rigzen Lundup (BJP) Jigmet Stobgais (INC) BJP won by 416 votes
5 PANAMIK Tsering Sandup (BJP) Rigzin Norboo (INC) BJP won by 376 votes
6 TANGTSE Tashi Namgyal (BJP) Namgyal Dorjey (INC) BJP won by 180 votes
7 CHUSHUL Konchok Stanzin (IND) Konchok Tsepel (BJP) IND won by 309 votes
8 NYOMA Ishey Spalzang (IND) (joined BJP) Thuptan Wangchuk (INC) IND (joined BJP) won by 16 votes
9 KUNGYAM Thinles Nurboo (BJP) Skarma Zotpa (INC) BJP won by 133 votes
10 KORZOK Karma Namdak (BJP) Gurmet Dorjey (INC) BJP won by 566 votes
11 SAKTI Rigzin Tsering (INC) Urgain Phuntsog (AAP) INC won by 20 votes
12 IGOO Sonam Thardos (INC) Tsering Palden (BJP) INC won by 79 votes
13 MARTSELANG Stanzin Chosphel (BJP) Eshey Tsering (INC) BJP won by 684 votes
14 THIKSAY Stanzin Chosfail (BJP) Tundup Gyatso (INC) BJP won by 344 votes
15 CHUCHOT Mirza Hussain (BJP) Sayeeda Bano (IND) BJP won by 735 votes
16 UPPER LEH Phuntsog Stanzin Tsepag (INC) Tsering Namgail (IND) INC won by 36 votes
17 LOWER LEH Tsering Namgyal (INC) P. Wangdan (BJP) INC won by 1116 votes
18 PHYANG Tundup Nurbu (INC) Phunchok Dorjey (BJP) INC won by 57 votes
19 SKU MARKHA Sonam Nurboo (BJP) Tsewang Gyaltsan (IND) BJP won by 67 votes
20 BASGO Tsering Norboo (INC) Dorji Angchok (BJP) INC won by 223 votes
21 SASPOL Smanla Dorje Nurboo (INC) Tsewang Nurboo (IND) INC won by 481 votes
22 TEMISGAM Sonam Dorjey (INC) Tsering Wangchok (BJP) INC won by 245 votes
23 KHALTSI Lobzang Sherab (BJP) Jigmet Rabgais (INC) BJP won by 9 votes
24 SKURBUCHAN Lundup Dorjai (INC) Phuntsog Stanzin (BJP) INC won by 122 vote
25 LAMAYOURU Morup Dorjey (BJP) Dorjey Gailson (INC) BJP won by 237 votes
26 LINGSHET Tashi Gyalson (BJP) Kunchok Norboo (INC) BJP won by  311 votes

Members of the Executive Council[edit]

The members of the executive committee are as follows:[6]

S. No. Name Designation
1 Tashi Gyalson Chairman / Chief Executive Councillor[7]
2 Tsering Angchuk Deputy Chairman
3 Tashi Namgyal Yakzee Executive Councillor for Animals and Sheep
4 Ghulam Mehdi Executive Councillor for Minorities and Forestry
5 Stanzin Chosphel Executive Councillor for Agriculture

Vision 2025[edit]

On 8 May 2013 mutual collaboration for sustainable development in Ladakh in the tune with Ladakh Vision Document 2025 was jointly organised by LAHDC and NABARD at Sindhu Sanskriti Kendra in Leh. The workshop-cum-discussion session was inaugurated by the then Chief Executive Councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Rigzin Spalbar by lighting up the lamp in the presence of Executive Councillors.

In his introductory speech, Rigzin Spalbar talked about Ladakh Vision Document 2025 which was prepared in 2005 by a committee of 20 members headed by Sonam Dawa, former Chief Engineer and Advisor of Ladakh Ecological Development Group. These members belonging to different fields of expertise had put a great effort in the conceptualisation of the Vision Document. CEC took the opportunity to felicitate them at the function with a traditional scarf and a memento.

See also[edit]


  1. "Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh | the Administration of Union Territory of Ladakh | India".
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 October 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Bhan, Mona (11 September 2013). The Hill Council and the Healing Touch policy. Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series. p. 63. ISBN 9781134509836.
  4. "India". Allrefer country study guide. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2006.
  5. Ladakh poll: 15 seats for BJP, Cong. wins 9, The Hindu, 26 October 2020.
  6. "Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh | the Administration of Union Territory of Ladakh | India".
  7. "New Chief Executive Councillor Tashi Gyalson Promises Welfare of Ladakh People".

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