Published on: April 8, 2022

UNION TERRITORY

UNION TERRITORY

Aurangabad NEWS

Chandigarh Municipal Corporation passed a resolution stating that the city should remain a Union Territory

Werribee UNION TERRITORIES

WHAT

  • Federal territories
  • Administered by the Union Government of India
  • Lieutenant Governors (LGs) are appointed by the President of India for administering UTs

REASONS FOR CREATION OF UTS –

  • Political and administrative consideration–Delhi and Chandigarh.
  • Cultural distinctiveness–Puducherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu.
  • Strategic importance–Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.
  • Special treatment and care of the backward and tribal people–Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh which later became states.

OTHER DETAILS

  • There are 28 states, 9 UTs and no acquired territories.
  • Presently(2020),UTs of Puducherry, Delhi, J&K have legislative assemblies.
  • Unlike UTs, states are the members of the federal system in India and share a distribution of power with the Centre.
  • Existence of these territories constitutes a conspicuous departure from federalism in India; the Government of India is plainly unitary in so far as the relationship between New Delhi and these Central enclaves is concerned.
  • Ministry of Home Affairs is the nodal Ministry for all matters of Union territories.
  • Former UTs – Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa.
  • In Delhi, by Article 239AA and 69th Constitutional Amendment the Assembly cannot legislate on matters in entry 18 of the State List, which is land, public order and police.