More than two and half months after the revocation of the “special status” of Jammu and Kashmir the state officially became U.T from the midnight of 30th October. Along with J&K, Ladakh has also officially became an U.T.
Both the UT’s would now have there own Lt. Governor to look after the administration. Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur will be sworn in as Lieutenant Governors of J&K and Ladakh respectively. The swearing-in of Lt. Governors would take place on Thursday.
J&K Chief Justice Gita Mittal will administer the oath of both the Lt. Governors in line with the constitutional procedure. The swearing ceremony would be a low key affair and with the presence of local dignitaries.
With officializing of the U.T status, the tenure of five advisers to the Governor of J&K would also come to an end. Bureaucrats working in J&K and Ladakh would continue to perform their duties as before. In the future, the new bureaucrats will be appointed from the AGMUT cadre.
Both the UT’s would get there unique animal-based symbol in line with the practice of having state symbols. The notification published by the Ministry of Home Affairs on October 30th replaced the State of J&K with the “Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir” and announced the omission of “permanent residents or hereditary state subjects“.
As of now, the Jammu and Kashmir Bank would carry on the banking operations in both the UT’s under the ambit of RBI.