Pondicherry (or Puducherry) is a union territory of India, not a separate state, governed directly by thefederal authority in New Delhi. Pondicherry is among the two union territories (including Delhi) which havethe constitutional amendments to have a legislative assembly and a cabinet of ministers headed by a Chief Minister.
The Pondicherry municipal council looks after the civic administration of the city.The UT is represented by a Lt. Governor who resides at Raj Nivas, the former palace of the French Governor.The administrator is appointed by the President of India and is responsible for the general administration of the territory.
The Central government is more directly involved in the financial well-being of the territory, asagainst the states where financial administration, given a budgeted central grant is the responsibility to thestate governments