CEC Sushil Chandra:On Jammu-Kashmir Delimitation, What Polls Body Chief Said

On Jammu-Kashmir Delimitation, What Polls Body Chief Said

Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra mentioned there have been “issues” in earlier delimitation.

New Delhi:

Inhabitants was an essential however not the only real standards whereas finishing up the delimitation train in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra mentioned on Friday and asserted that the union territory needs to be seen as “one unit” the place all the inhabitants needs to be given illustration in 90 meeting constituencies.

Mr Chandra, who was an ex-officio member of the delimitation panel which gave its closing order on restructuring the meeting seats in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month, additionally mentioned there have been “numerous issues” with the sooner delimitation and people have been corrected now.

He was responding to questions on criticism from sure quarters that going by the inhabitants ratio, Kashmir Division received a lesser variety of seats as in comparison with Jammu.

“Inhabitants is just one of many standards of the delimitation. In addition to inhabitants, there are 4 different standards as per provisions of the Delimitation Act and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act which say that consideration can even need to be given to the bodily circumstances, and communication services, public conveniences and the executive models of that space. So these are 4 different standards that need to be regarded into. It (inhabitants) is among the essential standards however not the only real standards. That one ought to bear in mind,” Mr Chandra informed PTI.

Mr Chandra, who demits the workplace of CEC on Saturday, mentioned Jammu and Kashmir ought to be seen as one unit. “It can’t be (seen) in numerous components. It’s one single union territory. The entire inhabitants must be given illustration in 90 constituencies. The (Kashmir) valley has been given much less or Jammu (division) has been given much less — it’s one complete unit comprising 20 districts and 207 tehsils. We must see it as one complete unit.” The Delimitation Fee on Jammu and Kashmir, fashioned in March 2020, notified its closing report on Might 5 giving six further meeting seats to the Jammu area and one to Kashmir Valley and bringing areas of Rajouri and Poonch beneath the Anantnag parliamentary seat.

Jammu Division will now have 43 meeting seats and Kashmir 47 within the 90-member home. The modifications will come into impact from the date to be notified by the central authorities. Earlier, the erstwhile meeting had 87 seats — 46 in Kashmir, 37 in Jammu 37 and 4 in Ladakh.

Ladakh, within the reorganisation of the erstwhile state, was declared as a union territory with out an meeting.

The inhabitants of Jammu Division is 53.72 lakh and Kashmir Division 68.83 lakh, based on the Census of 2011.

Out of the 90 meeting constituencies, 9 have been reserved for Scheduled Tribe — six in Jammu and three in Kashmir Valley.

Mr Chandra mentioned there have been “numerous issues” within the earlier delimitation which have been corrected now.

“There have been solely 12 districts when the sooner delimitation was carried out. Now there are 20 districts. Many constituencies had been unfold in multiple district. Many villages had been unfold into two or three constituencies. So this stuff must be rectified,” he mentioned.

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