Protests in Ladakh

Ladakh witnessed a shutdown and a protest rally calling for the grant of Statehood to the newly created Union Territory (UT) and inclusion in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

Under Article 244(2) of the Constitution, the Sixth Schedule makes special arrangement for the administration of Tribal Areas in the States of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura.

Countries bordering the Red Sea are Saudi Arabia and Yemen in the east and Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti in the west. Israel has access to the Red Sea via its port in Eilat and Jordan via Aqaba on the Gulf of Aqaba.

One of the most important provisions of the Sixth Schedule is that the tribal areas are to be administered as Autonomous Districts and Autonomous Regions.

Under the provision of the Sixth Schedule, the Governor of the State is empowered to determine the area or areas as administrative units of the Autonomous Districts and      Autonomous Regions.

Each Autonomous District shall have a District Council consisting of not more than thirty members, out of which four are nominated by the Governor while the rest are elected on the basis of adult franchise.