Multiple demands spark unprecedented shutdown in Ladakh

Kargil and Leh areas of Ladakh region observed complete shutdown, today, against what the locals called ‘grave indiscrimination’ being done to the students in terms of government employment.

Call for the shutdown was given by the students union and it was supported by all the political and religious both Muslim and Buddhist organizations of the region. All shops and business establishments remained shut while life was completely hit due to unprecedented shutdown.

Locals told media that shutdown was aimed at conveying a message to the authorities that people in the region want a law that will bar outsiders to seek government jobs. They said people of Ladakh should be allowed to apply for the posts advertised by Jammu and Kashmir Bank and other government departments.

A student leader, Muhammad Asif Khan, said that recently Jammu and Kashmir Bank advertised various posts but aspirants from Ladakh were not allowed to apply for those posts.

“This shutdown is being observed to press for various demands. A law should be implemented to bar outsiders from seeking jobs in Ladakh. People should be allowed to apply for government jobs in Jammu and Kashmir as well. These demands are genuine and people especially students community is very frustrated due to influx of non-locals in the region,” said a group of students.