J&K Delimitation Commission Notified the Number of Assembly Constituencies in the Union Territory

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The ‘Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission’ notified the new boundaries, names, and number of Assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. The commission was headed by the retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai. A notification of the Delimitation Commission’s order was published in the Gazette of India. The commission was formed in 2020 and extended two times.

This new delimitation will pave the way for the first-ever Assembly elections in the Union Territory, after the Special status was denotified in October 2019. The Assembly elections are expected to be held in October 2022.

The commission recommended seven additional constituencies — six for Jammu and one for Kashmir - in the new delimitation process. The six new Assembly constituencies in the Jammu region are expected to be carved out from Rajouri, Doda, Udhampur, Kishtwar, Kathua, and Samba districts.

The total number of constituencies was raised to 90 from 83 earlier. With this new delimitation, the number of seats for the Jammu and Kashmir valley was raised to 43 and 47 respectively. The commission also recommended nine Assembly reservation seats for Scheduled Tribes – six in Jammu and three in Kashmir. The seats were awarded based on the 2011 census.

Also, the commission recommended the removal of the regional distinction between Jammu and Kashmir and treating it as one, as is reflected in the combining of the Anantnag region in Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu to carve out Anantnag-Rajouri as a Parliamentary constituency.

The new delimitation notification was also signed by the two other ex-officio members. They are Mr.Sushil Chandra, the Chief Election Commissioner and Ms.KK Sharma, the Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • The ‘Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission’ notified the new boundaries, names, and number of Assembly constituencies in the Union Territory.
  • The commission was established in 2020 and it was headed by the retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai.
  • The total number of constituencies was raised to 90 from 83 earlier. The regions of Jammu were allotted 43 constituencies and Kashmir valley with 47 constituencies.
  • The constituencies were delimited to conduct the first-ever assembly elections, since its formation as Union Territory.
  • The commission also recommended nine Assembly reservation seats for Scheduled Tribes – six in Jammu and three in Kashmir.

   Facts to know:

  • Jammu & Kashmir was formed as the Union Territory on 31 October 2019.
  • Lt. Governor of Jammu & Kashmir: Mr.Manoj Sinha.
  • Chief Election Commissioner of India: Mr.Sushil Chandra.
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