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LAHDCK - Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil
Though the concept of Hill Council was first fructified in Leh District in 1995 on the pattern of Darjeeling Hill Development Council, it was introduced in Kargil during the year 2003. The then esteemed coalition Govt.; headed by Hon'ble Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was instrumental in bringing Kargil District in the ambit of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council for the border development of the people of the area. The Hill Council in Kargil came in to existence in July 2003. In the 30 Councilors team, 26 Councilors were elected from the respective constituencies, 4 Councilors were nominated from the Principal Minority and Women folk.
The Hill Council is endeavoring to register prompt monitoring of the developmental works by ensuring transparency and accountability in the district administration. Work plans are being made at the grass root level taking the Councilors, Panches and Sarpanches into confidence and are further reviewed at the Block Headquarters in the presence of the Chief Executive Councilor and Executive Councilors.
The 2nd General Election of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil was held in November 2008.
As per Hill Council norms, the Chief Executive Councilor possess the rank and powers of a Cabinet Minister while as the Executive Councilors possess the rank and status of Deputy Minister. the Deputy Commissioner is also designated as Chief Executive Officer, LAHDC Kargil and control of the overall district administration, execution of works and maintaining Law and Order.
Kargil is a hilly district covering an area of 14,086 Sq. Kms. The total population of the district is 1.19 lakhs as per the census of 2001 and has 129 villages which have been divided into 9 Blocks and 3 Tehsils. For administrative convenience Zanskar and Drass have been termed as a Sub Division.