According to the 2011 census, the delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir will be done, said the Chief Election Commissioner

The delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir will be as per the 2011 census. The final draft will be prepared after taking all the demands and recommendations. The Delimitation Commission gave this information on Friday. Chief Election Commissioner of India Sushil Chandra said during a press conference that the first full delimitation commission was formed in 1981. It submitted its recommendation after 14 years in 1995. It was based on the 1981 census. Thereafter no Delimitation Commission was constituted.

Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said that in 2020, according to Section 62 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, the delimitation was decided on the basis of the 2011 census. Accordingly, 24 assembly seats in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir are to remain vacant. This will happen due to these seats being in PoK. However, after the completion of the delimitation process, the total number of assembly seats here will increase from 83 to 90. He said that in 1995 there were total 12 districts here. Now their number has increased to 20. At the same time, the number of tehsils has increased from 58 to 270. There are 12 districts where the boundary of the assembly has gone beyond the limits of the district. In many assemblies, there is confusion in the boundaries of the district as well as the tehsils. All these facts show that people have to face many problems due to this.

The Chief Election Commissioner clarified that nothing is pre-decided. He said that if it had happened then the commission would not have come here. He said that before starting the exercise of delimitation, we want to know the opinion of all the people. The Delimitation Commission has reached Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. After that, the commission has met dozens of politicians, civil society groups etc. and is engaged in the reconstruction of the electoral assemblies here. The decision to visit Jammu and Kashmir by the Commission was taken after a meeting held at the Election Commission’s office in Delhi on June 30.


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