In the Republic of India, a lieutenant governor is the constitutional head of five of the eight union territories. The lieutenant governor is appointed by the President of India for a term of five years, and holds office at the President's pleasure. Since the union territories of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry have a measure of self-government with an elected legislature and council of ministers, the role of the lieutenant governor there is mostly a ceremonial one, akin to that of a state's governor. In Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Ladakh however, the lieutenant governor holds more power, being both the head of state and head of government.

The other three union territories—Chandigarh; Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu; and Lakshadweep—are governed by an administrator. Unlike the lieutenant governors of other territories, they are usually drawn from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) or Indian Police Service (IPS). Since 1985 the Governor of Punjab has also been the ex-officio Administrator of Chandigarh.

Praful Khoda Patel, till date, is the only administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu who is not a civil servant (i.e. IAS or IPS), rather a politician. He was also given the additional charge of Lakshadweep after the death of Dineshwar Sharma.

Current Indian lieutenant governors

Union territory
(past lieutenant governors)
Elected legislature? Name[1] Portrait Took office
(tenure length)
Appointed by Ref
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Red XN Devendra Kumar Joshi
Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Devendra Kumar Joshi.jpg
8 October 2017
(4 years, 216 days)
Ram Nath Kovind [2]
Green tickY
(Legislative Assembly)
Anil Baijal
Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal.jpg
31 December 2016
(5 years, 132 days)
Pranab Mukherjee [3]
Jammu and Kashmir
Green tickY
(Legislative Assembly)
Manoj Sinha
Manoj Sinha Profile Pic.jpeg
7 August 2020
(1 year, 278 days)
Ram Nath Kovind [4]
Red XN R. K. Mathur
R. K. Mathur.png
31 October 2019
(2 years, 193 days)
Green tickY
(Legislative Assembly)
Tamilisai Soundararajan
(additional charge)
18 February 2021
(1 year, 83 days)

Current Indian administrators

Union territory
(past administrators)
Name[1] Portrait Took office
(tenure length)
Appointed by Ref
Banwarilal Purohit
The Governor of Assam, Shri Banwarilal Purohit calling on the Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley, in New Delhi on August 30, 2016 (cropped).jpg
31 August 2021
(254 days)
Ram Nath Kovind [6]
Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu
Praful Khoda Patel
Administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Praful Khoda Patel.jpg
26 January 2020
(2 years, 106 days)
Praful Khoda Patel
(additional charge)
Administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Praful Khoda Patel.jpg
5 December 2020
(1 year, 158 days)

See also


  1. ^ a b "Lt. Governors & Administrators". Retrieved on 29 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Admiral D K Joshi (Retd.) sworn in as the 13th Lt. Governor of A& N Islands". The Island Reflector. 8 October 2017. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Anil Baijal sworn in as Delhi Lieutenant-Governor". The Hindu. 31 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Manoj Sinha takes oath as Jammu and Kashmir LG, says dialogue with people will start soon". India Today. 7 August 2020.
  5. ^ "RK Mathur takes oath as Ladakh’s first Lieutenant Governor". The Indian Express. 31 October 2019.
  6. ^ "V. P. Singh Badnore sworn in as new Punjab Governor". The Indian Express. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  7. ^ Administrator of Daman and Diu Official Website of the Union Territory of Daman and Diu. Retrieved on 21 September 2016.
  8. ^ "'Black Day' to be observed in Lakshadweep as Praful Khoda Patel returns to island". Hindustan Times. 13 June 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.