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LAHDC, Leh adopts Ladakh Heritage Policy

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Leh, August 17: The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Leh today in an important meeting constituted Ladakh Heritage Committee / Heritage Conservation Committee (Leh Old Town) to adopt Ladakh Heritage Policy for Leh district to ensure preservation, conservation and promotion of  Ladakh’s rich cultural heritage and values including both tangible and intangible in an organized and institutionalized way.

The meeting was chaired by Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh Dorjey Mutup. EC for Agriculture Tsering Wangdus, EC for Animal & Sheep Mumtaz Hussain, Deputy Commissioner Leh Avny Lavasa, ADC Leh Moses Kunzang, HODs of allied departments and members National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF), Tibet Heritage Fund / Leh Old Town Initative ( LOTI) and LAMO attended the meeting.

The main purpose for adopting heritage policy for Ladakh is to set policy guidelines, regulations and monitoring for conservation, renovation and innovation of cultural heritage sites and monuments in Ladakh so that no NGO or individual could ruin the century old heritage or hurt the cultural values of Ladakh in the name of conservation.  The other objective for constituting apex body of Ladakh Heritage Committee is to extend heritage conservation in entire district and explore funding agencies for NGOs which are very active in Leh since many decades.

Addressing the meeting CEC Dorjey Motup highly appreciated the tireless endavour of all the NGOs working in Leh for preservation and conservation of rich Ladakhi culture and heritage and assured all possible support from Council in future.

The CEC, LAHDC, Leh will chair the Ladakh Heritage Committee and all the ECs of Hill Council Leh, one officer from DC Office, and one member each from INTACH, LOTI, HCHF and LAMO will be the members of the committee. Likewise, Leh CEO of Development Authority will be members secretary in Urban area while as ADC, Leh of Rural Dev. Deptt Leh will be the members secretary in rural areas. The committee will propose Advisory and Expert committees in days to come for earliest functioning of this apex body.

Earlier, Professor Tashi Dawa, Member  INTACH gave a detail power point presentation about the need, purpose and objectives of Ladakh Heritage Policy followed by power point presentation of Yutaka Hirako of LOTI on declaration of “Leh Old Town Heritage Zone”.

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