Who runs the union territory?

By Ritesh|Updated : September 2nd, 2022

The President oversees every union territory through an administrator chosen by him. The president may appoint the governor of a state to serve as the administrator of a nearby union territory. The governor is expected to operate in that position without consulting his council of ministers.

Who is an administrator?

  • Unlike a governor, they are not the head of state.
  • The president may give the designation of an administrator.
  • It could be the administrator, chief commissioner, or lieutenant governor.
  • In the cases of Delhi, Puducherry, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it is the Lieutenant Governor, while in the case of Chandigarh, Lakshadweep, it is the Administrator.

Union territory in India

  • India's Union Government governs federal territories known as Union Territories (UTs). They are also referred to as areas with central administration.
  • The Indian President chooses Lieutenant Governors (LGs) to lead the Union Territories, and the UT administrators are the LGs.
  • UTs were created for various reasons, such as being too small to function independently, too distinct from neighboring states in terms of geography, economics, and culture, or either weak economically or politically.
  • They were required to be run by the Union Government because they couldn't function as separate administrative units for the reasons mentioned above.
  • Several were designated as UTs as per their location or unique status.
  • While the French governed Puducherry, the Portuguese ruled the UTs of Daman and Diu.
  • They have a unique culture compared to the States around them, so additional measures may be needed to protect that identity while allowing for efficient governance.


Who runs the union territory?

Every union territory is under the control of the President, acting through a selected administrator. An agent of the President is a union territory administrator.


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