J&K delimitation process to start after October 31
As per the norms, the J&K delimitation commission will be headed by a retired supreme court judge, the person said.
As per the norms, the J&K delimitation commission will be headed by a retired supreme court judge, the person said. “The process will start after October 31 and it will be undertaken by the Election Commission of India. As per the Reorganisation Act, the commission will undertake the exercise based on the 2011 census,” he said.
According to 2011 census, the population of Jammu was 6,907,623 while that of Kashmir was 5,350,811.
The number of seats in the UT of J&K legislative assembly will be increased from 107 to 114, out of which 24 seats have been earmarked for Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), according to the J&K Reorganisation Act.
Officials said unlike other states, the delimitation exercise were not carried out in J&K under Article 170 of the Constitution of India.
In 2002, the then National Conference government in the state amended the Jammu and Kashmir Representation of the People Act 1957 and Section 47(3) of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, freezing delimitation of the state’s constituencies.
The delimitation exercise was last conducted in J&K in 1995-96, said the official cited earlier. “Before August 5, J&K had a separate Constitution and delimitation was conducted as per Sections 47 and 141 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. The state constitution has now become infructuous,” he said.
A home ministry official said the situation in the Valley remained peaceful on Thursday barring stray incidents of protests. In a tweet, J&K Police said: “Situation in the Valley was peaceful today. No untoward incident has been reported so far.”
Restrictions were eased in most parts of the Valley with barricades being lifted and the movement of people and traffic increasing gradually. But markets remained shut and mobile and internet services remained suspended for the 18th day.
Attendance of teachers in schools up to middle class level and employees in government offices was also improving. However, most students stayed away. In Jammu, IG Mukesh Singh held a detailed security review ahead of Janmashtami and Shobha Yatra.
Meanwhile, IAF has postponed AFCAT exam, scheduled for August 24 at the Srinagar centre. However, the exam to be held at Leh and Jammu centres will happen as per schedule.