Union territory

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For the division of Burma, see Naypyidaw Union Territory. For other uses, see Federal territory and Union territory (disambiguation).

A union territory is a type of administrative division in the Republic of India. Unlike states, which have their own elected governments, union territories are ruled directly by the Union Government (Central Government), hence the name 'union territory'. Union territories in India qualify as federal territories, by definition.

Alternatively, Union territories also have the option[citation needed] of having a Legislature with elected Members and a Chief Minister, as in the case of New Delhi and Puducherry. The President of India appoints an administrator or lieutenant-governor for each UT.[1] There are seven union territories, including Delhi, the capital of India, and Chandigarh, the capital of both Punjab and Haryana.

Delhi and Puducherry (Pondicherry) operate somewhat differently from the other five. Delhi and Puducherry were given partial statehood and Delhi was redefined as the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT). Delhi and Puducherry have their own elected legislative assemblies and the executive councils of ministers.

The seven current union territories are:[2][3]

Union territories of India have special rights and status due to their constitutional formation and development. The status of "Union Territory" may be assigned to an Indian sub-jurisdiction for reasons such as safeguarding the rights of indigenous cultures, averting political turmoil related to matters of governance, and so on. These union territories could be changed to states in the future for more efficient administrative control.[citation needed]

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