Delimitation Commission to seek public suggestions before finalizing its proposals

By: Ibni Maqbool

Srinagar: The Delimitation Commission constituted by the Government of India to redraw Jammu and Kashmir’s electoral map would consider all objections and suggestions received by it over its draft proposals.

Officials told The Precious Kashmir that the Commission headed by Justice (retd.) Ranjana Desai would seek suggestions/ objections over its draft proposals for delimitation of Assembly segments in Jammu & Kashmir.

“The delimitation commission would publish its draft proposals in the gazette of India and the gazette of Jammu and Kashmir. It will then invite objections and suggestions in relation to the same,” they said, adding that the panel would also publishing dissenting proposals, if any of its associate members. Five MPs from J&K are associate members of the panel.

According to officials, the commission would then hold public sittings for considering suggestions/objections.

“The commission would issue a public notice specifying the places and dates of its public sittings to consider all objections and suggestions before finalizing its proposals,” they said.

It is worthwhile to mention that the delimitation commission has proposed to allocate six additional seats to Jammu and only one seat to Kashmir.

The commission has mooted one seat each for the districts of Samba, Kathua, Udhampur, Rajouri, Doda and Kishtwar in Jammu and one for Kupwara district in the Kashmir valley.

The panel has also proposed to reserve seven seats for scheduled castes and nine for scheduled tribes.

The commission was constituted on March 6, 2020 to fix boundaries for 90 assembly segments of Jammu and Kashmir and reserve seats for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes within them.

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