Leh-Ladakh team in Sikkim to study good practices

GANGTOK, 09 Sept:

A five-member delegation from Leh-Ladakh completed a four-day study tour of Sikkim on Monday. The team members expressed that this Sikkim tour was a learning experience where they learnt about various models and good practices of the State. They said that they would try to replicate some of models in their newly formed Ladakh union territory.

The five-member delegation was comprised of BharatiyaJanata Party president Leh-Ladakh, Dorje Angchok, BJP vice-president Leh-Ladakh, Tashi Gyalson, advisor to Panchayat Coordination Committee Leh-Ladakh, Dr Skalzang Dorjey, Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry Leh-Ladakh, NawangThinles and general secretary of All Ladakh Tour Operator Association Leh-Ladakh, Deleks Namgyal.

In this four-day tour of Sikkim, the team members interacted with the Governor, retired government officials, various organizations, stakeholders, individuals and studied the special provisions of Article 371F and other models of the State.

Addressing a press conference here this morning, Mr Angchok mentioned that various teams from Leh-Ladakh were presently on a study tour of various States and Union Territories of the country after Ladakh got the Union Territory status.

He added that teams have been studying the model and good practices of different states and union territories that could be adopted inLeh-Ladakh.

“We want to make Ladakh an exceptional union territory by picking up good things and modality of different States and union territories of the country,” he expressed.

“The main purpose of the tour is to study various States and union territories and after the tour all teams will compile their reports and then the final draft will be prepared to be submitted to the Central government with suggestions and recommendations to be adopted for Leh-Ladakh Union Territory,” they said.

They highly appreciated the special provisions of Article 371F.

Sikkim and Leh-Ladakh share same strategic location surrounded by international borders and special provisions like those under Article 371F would be very beneficial for Leh-Ladakh not only to protect the identity, culture and tradition, land and local interests but also important from the point of national security, the team said.

Another objective of visiting Sikkim was to study and understand the eco-tourism policies of the State, they said further adding that the team studied eco-tourism policies of the State which they found to be exceptional.