‘Delimitation will be based on 2011 census’

Kashmir Magazine

The Delimitation Commission on Friday said that delimitation will be conducted on the basis of 2011 census and the final draft will be prepared after taking all demands and recommendations into account.
Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner of India Sushil Chandra said that the first full-fledged delimitation commission was formed in 1981 which could submit its recommendation after 14 years in 1995. “It was based on the 1981 census. Thereafter, no delimitation has taken place.”
“In 2020, the delimitation was constituted to carry out the exercise on the basis of 2011 census as per section 62 of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. 24 seats of the legislative assembly of UT of Jammu and Kashmir shall remain vacant and the said area shall be excluded in delimiting the territorial constituency as provided under part V of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019”, he added.

He also said that in 1995, there were 12 districts. “The number has gone up to 20 now. The number of tehsils has gone up from 58 to 270. In 12 districts, constituency boundaries are extended beyond the district’s limit. There is an overlapping of districts as well as the tehsils in Constituencies. All such facts indicate that the public faces inconvenience due to such anomalies.”
“Taking all the demands and recommendations into account, a draft will be prepared and put in the public domain for their comments. After seeing all the comments, the final draft (on Delimitation exercise) will be prepared,” he added.

Chandra further said that if something was decided earlier then Commission would not have come here. “Nothing has been pre-planned so far. Before starting the exercise, we want to have the views of all persons. These apprehensions in the mind of any person, if at all, should go away.”
The Delimitation Commission arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on Thuesday and interacted with dozens of political leaders and civil society groups to get inputs on the exercise to redraw electoral constituencies in the union territory.

The decision to visit Jammu and Kashmir was taken after the panel held a meeting at the Election Commission office in New Delhi on June 30.