Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh

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Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council,
territorial council
Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh logo.png
Location in India
Location in India
Country  India
State Jammu and Kashmir
Established 14 Mar 2012
Covering Territory Leh
Former seat Leh
 • Chief executive Dr. Sonam Dawa Lonpo
 • Total 82,665 km2 (31,917 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 147,104
 • Density 1.8/km2 (4.6/sq mi)
 • Official English, Ladakhi, urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh (LAHDC) is an Autonomous Hill Council that administers the Leh District of Jammu and Kashmir, India.[1]


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 August 28, 1995. The inaugural meeting of the council was held at Leh on September 3, 1995. An Autonomous Hill Council has also been established in neighbouring Kargil District 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.[2]


The council recently changed its logo to three head Sarnath lions of the Ashoka capital replacing the previous Buddhist eight arm wheel.

Religion in Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council,Leh district
Religion Percent


The council is composed of 30 Councillors of which 26 are directly elected and 4 are nominated members.[3]

The executive arm of the council consists of an executive committee composed of a Chief Executive Councillor, currently Dr Sonam Dawa Lonpo, and four other Executive Councillors.[4]

Vision 2025[edit]

On May 8, 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.

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Executive Councillors[edit]

Dr. Sonam Dawa Lonpo Chief Executive Councillor

Dr. Dorjay Motup (Executive Councillor)

Mr. Tsering Wangdus (Executive Councillor)

Mr. Mumtaz Hussain (Executive Councillor)

Mr. Tsering Sangdup (Executive Councillor)

Mr. Prasanna Ramaswamy IAS (Chief Executive Officer / DC)

All Councillors[edit]

BJP - 18

INC - 05

NC - 02

IND - 01

Yet to be nominated - 04

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