Administration of Ladakh

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Government of Ladakh
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Seat of governmentLeh, Kargil
GovernorLt. Governor R. K. Mathur
Chief SecretaryRigzin Sampheal
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High CourtJammu and Kashmir High Court
Chief JusticeGita Mittal

The Administration of the Union Territory of Ladakh [1] is the governing authority of the Indian union territory of Ladakh and its two districts. The Administration is led by a Lieutenant Governor appointed by the President of India who acts on behalf of the central Government of India. Ladakh does not have an elected legislative assembly. [2] The two districts of Ladakh both elect their own autonomous district council which have competence over a range of domestic affairs. [3]


Ladakh became part of the Dominion of India on 26 October 1947 as a region of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The status of the region was upgraded to that of a Revenue and Administrative Division of Jammu and Kashmir in February 2019 [4] and Ladakh became a union territory in its own right on 31 October 2019. [5]

Executive and legislative authority[edit]

Ladakh is administered as a union territory without a legislative assembly by virtue of Article 240 (2) of the Constitution of India and under the terms of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. The President of India appoints a Lieutenant Governor to administer the territory on behalf of the central Government of India. The Lieutenant Governor is empowered to make laws for the "peace, progress and good government" of the territory. The central government may appoint advisors to the Lieutenant Governor to assist him or her with their duties. [6]

Judiciary and law enforcement[edit]

Ladakh is under the jurisdiction of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court which sits in Jammu and Srinagar. [7] Law enforcement is the responsibility of the Ladakh Police which is under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India. [8]

Office Holders[edit]

Office holders in Ladakh are as follows:


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  2. ^ "Article 370 revoked Updates: Jammu & Kashmir is now a Union Territory, Lok Sabha passes bifurcation bill".
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  8. ^ "लद्दाख की अपनी होगी खाकी, जम्मू-कश्मीर पुलिस भी दिल्ली की तरह उप राज्यपाल को करेगी रिपोर्ट". Amar Ujala.
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