Former bureaucrat Radha Krishna Mathur was sworn-in as the first Lieutenant Governor of the strategically located Union Territory on Thursday of Ladakh, which came into existence after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mathur was administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Gita Mittal, at a function held at the Sindhu Sanskriti auditorium. The function was also attended by officials of Leh and Kargil Hill councils, Army and paramilitary forces, religious leaders and the general public.
Swearing-in as the Lieutenant Governor, Mathur said that a lot of development activities needed to be carried out in the border areas.
An official spokesperson while quoted him said that already the government is implementing several programmes in the region, priorities for Ladakh will be set in the new regime in consultation with the public and hill councils.
The Union Home Ministry revoked a notification of December last year imposing President’s rule in undivided Jammu and Kashmir ahead of swearing-in.
The Centre, on Wednesday night, appointed Umang Narula, a 1989-batch IAS officer, as an advisor to Mathur, besides posting S S Khandare, a 1995-batch IPS officer, as the ‘Head of Police’ in Ladakh.
Ladakh, which has a population of nearly three lakh is strategically located as it shares borders with Pakistan as well as China.