Radha Krishna Mathur took oath as the first Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Ladakh. The Union Territory came into existence after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir. The office of the oath was administered by Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Geeta Mittal at a function held in Leh.
Leh: Radha Krishna Mathur takes oath as the first Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Ladakh. pic.twitter.com/lYpybg1YD0— ANI (@ANI) October 31, 2019
The oath comes more than two months after the state of Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh by the Central government after revoking some provisions of the Article 370 and bringing in a bill to split the state.
Mathur is a retired 1977 batch IAS officer from Tripura cadre as the Chief Information Commissioner of India in November 2018. He has also served as the expenditure secretary at the Centre before getting appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. 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.
Girish Chandra Murmu, a 1985 batch of Indian Administrative Services officer of Gujarat cadre will also take oath as the first Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. 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.
(With agency inputs)