Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission
Recently, the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission has signed the order of delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir, with the signing of the order of delimitation, the work of delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir was completed.
- This Delimitation Commission was constituted by the Center on 6th March It was entrusted with the task of redrawing the boundaries of parliamentary and assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Former Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai is the chairperson of the commission.
- The commission has proposed to increase the number of assembly seats in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir from 83 to In addition, there are 24 seats in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), which remain vacant.
- Delimitation is the act of redrawing the boundaries of Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies to reflect changes in population.
- Its purpose is to provide equal representation and fair division of geographic areas for the same population group. In this way any political party is prevented from getting undue advantage.
- Under Article 82 of the Constitution, Parliament enacts a Delimitation Act after every census. The Delimitation Commission is constituted like this Act.
- The Delimitation Commission was constituted in India in the years 1952, 1963, 1973 and
- In 2002, the process of delimitation of the Lok Sabha and state legislatures was put on hold until at least 2026 by the 84th Constitutional Amendment.
- Under Article 170 of the Constitution, states are also divided into territorial constituencies according to the Delimitation Act after each census.
- The Delimitation Commission is appointed by the President of India. It works in collaboration with the Election Commission of India.
- Its orders have legal power. Its orders cannot be questioned before any court.
Source – The Hindu