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Jammu & Kashmir's Bifurcation: J&K & Ladakh Become Union Territories, Here Are The Different Types Of UTs In India

Written By Radhika Sarkar | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The Narendra Modi led government has proposed that Article 370 be struck off and that Jammu and Kashmir be bifurcated- into J & K and Ladakh, naming each a Union Territory
  • Below are the different types of Union Territories

Home Minister Amit Shah announced revoking of Article 370 of the Constitution. The article grants special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. The official notification of the matter was signed by President Ram Nath Kovind and the Centre also announced bifurcation of the state into Union Territories. The government announced that J&K would be a Union Territory with Legislature while the Ladakh region will be a separate UT without Legislature. As a result, India will now have nine Union Territories. 

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WHAT IS A UNION TERRITORY: 

Union Territories are federal territories directly governed by the Centre. The executive power if these terrorists rest with the President of India, As per Article 240 (2), the President is accorded with supreme powers to regulate affairs of these terrorists except for those with their legislature. However, other UT's in the likes of Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshwadeep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands do not have their legislature and their Lieutenant Governors are appointed by the President. J&K and Ladakh will now have separate Lieutenant Governors. At present, Satya Pal Malik is the Governor of the unified state of Jammu and Kashmir, which includes Ladakh.

WITH OR WITHOUT LEGISLATURE

These Union Territories such as the National capital Territory and Puducherry have their own legislatures, which means that they can elect their representatives and the local government, and are self-administered. Delhi and Puducherry both have Lieutenant Governors but have a very limited administered role. Union Territories with their own legislatures- Delhi and Puducherry send representatives. 

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UNION TERRITORIES WITHOUT OWN LEGISLATURE: 

Andaman and Nicobar Islands 
Chandigarh 
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 
Lakshadweep 
Ladakh  

UNION TERRITORIES WITH THEIR OWN LEGISLATURES: 

National Capital Territory of Delhi 
Jammu and Kashmir 
Puducherry 

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DEVELOPMENTS IN THE KASHMIR ISSUE 

Home Minister Amit Shah gave a statement in the Rajya Sabha on Jammu and Kashmir proposing that the Article 370 be abrogated. The Home Minister then went on to state that the government has brought four proposals pertaining to the state before the Parliament. 

The resolution revoking Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir was moved by Home Minister Amit Shah which was then followed by an uproar in the Rajya Sabha, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu waived the rules of advance notice for speaking on the issue of J&K Reservation Bill. He said the bill and the situation in Kashmir will be discussed together.

One of the proposals is for the bifurcation of J&K into two union territories - J&K and Ladakh, with the former having a legislature and latter not having one.

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