Centre considers ‘Article 371-like’ shield for Ladakh

Syllabus: GS-II, Subject: Polity, Topic: Salient features, Issue: Article 371

Context: Ladakh witnessed massive protests demanding statehood, legislature and inclusion in the Sixth Schedule.

  • A government-appointed high-powered committee is looking into these demands.

Articles 371 to 371-J:

  • Special provisions for twelve states.
  • Purpose:
    • To meet the aspirations of the people of backward regions of the states.
    • To protect the cultural and economic interests of the tribal people.
    • To deal with the disturbed law and order condition in some parts of the states.
  • Not present in the original constitution, added through subsequent amendments.
Sixth schedule (Article 244):

●      It deals with the administration of the tribal areas in the four northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.

●      Provides for establishment of Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) and Regional Councils consisting of elected and nominated members with legislative and executive powers.

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