In a historic move, two union Territories of J&K and Ladakh have come into existence today on the birth anniversary of the Iron man of India, Sardar Patel. Early in the morning, Leh was witness to the swearing in ceremony of R K Mathur as the first Lieutenant Governor of newly carved UT of Ladakh. He was administered oath of office by the Chief Justice of J&K High Court Gita Mittal. After swearing in as first ever Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, Radha Krishna Mathur swung into the action and interacted with the Ladakh administration officials.
In a session arranged at District Magistrate’s conference hall, RK Mathur appealed the officials to give commensurate returns to the administration for the funds spent. Later in the day Girish Chand Murmu took over as first Lieutenant Governor of UT of Jammu & Kashmir. The creation of two new UTs of J&K and Ladakh follows a landmark decision by the centre to abrogate Article 370 and 35A of the constitution on 5th August this year.
Under the provision, Union Territory will have an elected assembly and Chief minister on the lines of Puducherry. Ladakh will be a UT on the lines of Andaman and Nicobar, directly governed by Lieutenant Governor. The Legislative Council of the state of Jammu and Kashmir has been abolished. The J&K assembly will be reconstituted after de-limitation of seats. Ladakh will have two Hill councils directly under LG. The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir will be common for both Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.