Srinagar: The Delimitation Commission has ordered a freeze on creation of new ‘administrative units’ in Jammu and Kashmir and four northeastern states of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, PTI reported.
Quoting an unnamed official, the report said the freeze is effective from June 15 till the completion of redrawing constituencies in the said places.
In common parlance, an administrative unit means a district or a tehsil. During the delimitation exercise, if a new administrative unit is created it is supposed to be made part of a constituency. For every new unit created, the Commission will have to go back to the drawing board. The freeze has been ordered to avoid that, explained the officer.
Besides redrawing the Lok Sabha and assembly constituencies of the four northeastern states, the delimitation panel, set up in March this year, is tasked to increase the assembly seats of Jammu and Kashmir as per the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019.
According to the Act passed by Parliament last year, the number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir shall be increased from 107 to 114 (effectively 83 to 90 as 24 seats in Pakistan administered Kashmir are counted only on paper).
The process would be carried out on the basis of the 2011 Census. Even though Section 63 of the Act says that readjustment of constituencies in J&K would not be necessary until after the figures of first census taken post-2026 are published, a presidential notification issued on October 1 last year suspended operation of the section.
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