Delimitation Commission Issues Its Findings On Constituencies Of J&K

The Centre established a delimitation panel on Thursday, and the commission has given its final report for the delimitation of Parliamentary Constituencies and the delimitation of the Assembly for Jammu and Kashmir, which has been the most contentious state since 2019.

Because of the increased number of Assembly seats as a result of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, this delimitation commission was essential. As a result, all political parties, with the exception of the BJP, were hostile to the report.

Previously, the state of Jammu and Kashmir had around 111 Assembly seats, with 46 seats in Kashmir, 37 seats in Jammu, 4 seats in Ladakh, and an extra 24 seats reserved for Kashmir held by Pakistan, according to the 2011 census. The Delimitation Commission, on the other hand, determines the new borders, names, and number of seats in Assembly constituencies for the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

As a result, according to the Delimitation Commission’s recently issued report, the number of Assembly seats has grown by seven, with one seat in Kashmir and the remaining six in Jammu, due to the fact that the population of Jammu is bigger than that of Kashmir. The new Assembly would have 90 members, which would result in a significant shift in the composition of the present Assembly’s seat allocation.

Jammu and Kashmir each have 43 seats, whereas Jammu and Kashmir each have 47 seats. The Commission also claims that for the first time in the state’s history, nine Assembly seats have been designated for STs (Scheduled Tribes) in the state legislature.

Three of the nine seats are located in the Kashmir Valley, with the other six being in the Jammu area. In addition, seven places have been allocated for the SCs (Scheduled Castes).

In addition, the Delimitation Commission made changes to the seats in Anantnag and Jammu provinces. The parliamentary constituency has now been merged with the Anantnag area in the Valley and the Jammu districts of Poonch and Rajouri, resulting in a single parliamentary district.