IAS officer Radha Krishna Mathur has been appointed as the first Lieutenant Governor of the union territory of Ladakh, the reorganization of which will take effect from October 31, 2019. Radha Krishna Mathur is a retired 1977 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tripura cadre. The 65-year-old bureaucrat retired as the Chief Information Commissioner of India (CIC) in November 2018.
Radha Krishna Mathur has been the Union Defence Secretary, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Secretary of India and has served the Tripura government at different posts such as Chief Secretary of Tripura, Principal Secretary of Agriculture, and Principal Secretary of Finance. Mathur has also served as the Development Commissioner in the Ministry of Textiles and the Chief Enforcement Officer in the Ministry of Textiles in the Central government.
Mathur was appointed as Chief Secretary of Tripura in December 2003. He was appointed as the Union Defence Production Secretary by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) in September 2012 and jumped up the ranks to be the Defence Secretary in May 2013 for a tenure of two years. Mathur was given the charge as the CIC in 2016 from which he retired in November 2018.
Mathur will be swearing-in as the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh while Girish Chandra Murmu will be swearing in as Lieutenant Governor for Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory. The two new Lt Governors will be replacing Satya Pal Malik, who served as the 13th and last Governor of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The State of Jammu and Kashmir was split into two union territories namely Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh on August 5 this year after the Parliament approved the Abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A, followed by Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019. The two new union territories - J&K and Ladakh will officially come into existence on October 31 after the swearing-in of two lieutenant governors.