The first Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh Radha Krishna Mathur on Wednesday reached Leh ahead of his swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. Almost two months after the official bifurcation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, RK Mathur has been appointed as the first Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh on October 25. Meanwhile, Girish Chandra Murmu has been appointed as the first Lieutenant Governor of Jammu Kashmir, while Satya Pal Malik, Governor of Jammu & Kashmir has been transferred and appointed as the Governor of Goa.
Radha Krishna Mathur has been appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh. pic.twitter.com/G2rJ3IZ49d— ANI (@ANI) October 25, 2019
Mathur is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tripura cadre from 1977 batch. He retired as the Chief Information Commissioner of India (CIC) in November 2018. Apart from the Central Government, the IAS officer has served the Tripura governments as the Chief Secretary of Tripura, Principal Secretary of Finance, and Principal Secretary of Agriculture. RK Mathur was appointed as the Chief Secretary of Tripura in December 2003. In 2016, he was given the charge as the Chief Information Commissioner of India (CIC).
The government had revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. The Jammu & Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill, 2019, which removes Jammu and Kashmir's status of a state and converts it into two Union Territories with the legislature and also creates Ladakh region as a UT without legislature. It was passed in a division pressed by the opposition with 125 votes in favor and 61 against, and an NCP member abstained in the Rajya Sabha. It was then passed by a two-thirds majority in the Lok Sabha on the next day, making it law.
(With ANI inputs)