Delimitation Commission finalises Delimitation Order for Jammu and Kashmir

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The Delimitation Commission headed by Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai (Retired Judge of Supreme Court of India) has finalised the delimitation order for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Of the 90 assembly constituencies in the region, 43 will be part of the Jammu region and 47 will be for the Kashmir region.

  • After consultations with Associate Members, representatives of political parties, citizens, civil society groups, nine assembly constituencies have been reserved for Scheduled Tribes.

  • Of these, six are in the Jammu region and three in the Kashmir Valley.

  • There are five parliamentary constituencies in this region. 

  • The Delimitation Commission has kept the Jammu and Kashmir region as a single union territory.

  • The last delimitation of assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir was done in 1995, on the basis of the 1981 census.

  • The Commission, chaired by retired Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and Jammu and Kashmir State Election Commissioner KK Sharma, met in New Delhi and finalised the delimitation order.

  • About Delimitation Commission

  • The task of delimitation has been entrusted to a high power body.

  • Such a body is known as Delimitation Commission or Boundary Commission.

  • In India, such Delimitation Commissions have been constituted 4 times – in 1952 under the Delimitation Commission Act, 1952, in 1963 under Delimitation Commission Act, 1962, in 1973 under Delimitation Act, 1972 and in 2002 under Delimitation Act, 2002. 

  • The Delimitation Commission in India is a high powered body and its orders cannot be questioned before any court.

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