Why are Ladakh’s residents on a hunger strike?

Syllabus: GS-II, Subject: Current affairs, Topic: Places in news, Issue: Hunger strike in Ladakh for inclusion in Sixth schedule

Reasons behind demand for inclusion in Sixth Schedule:

  • Ladakh’s Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) in Leh and Kargil lost powers after Ladakh was declared a Union Territory.
  • Residents in Ladakh lack authority over their land, leading to loss of grazing land to China and industrial projects.
  • Rapid urbanization and tourism are straining Ladakh’s resources, particularly water.
  • Global warming has caused glacier melting and permafrost degradation in Ladakh.
  • Glacial lake outburst floods pose a significant threat due to increasing numbers of glacial lakes.
  • Despite climate challenges, mining, renewable energy projects, and tourism are increasing in Ladakh.


  • Inclusion in the Sixth Schedule would address concerns by enabling regional and district councils to legislate on land use.
  • These councils would possess authority over grazing, agriculture, residential purposes, and other resident interests.
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