Who runs the union territory?

Every union territory is administered by the President acting through an administrator appointed by him. The president can also appoint the governor of a state as the administrator of an adjoining union territory. In that capacity, the governor is to act independently of his council of ministers. 

Who is an administrator?

  • An administrator of a union territory is an agent of the President. 
  • He/she is not the head of state like a governor. 
  • The president can specify the designation of an administrator. It may be:
    • Lieutenant Governor or 
    • Chief Commissioner or 
    • Administrator
  • For instance, it is the Lieutenant Governor in the case of Delhi, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Administrator in the case of Chandigarh, Lakshadweep. 

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