Final Order of J&K Delimitation Panel

Recently, the Delimitation Commission on Jammu and Kashmir signed its final order redrawing the Jammu and Kashmir’s assembly constituencies.

Who is the head of the Delimitation commission?

The three-member Delimitation Commission on Jammu and Kashmir was headed by Justice (retd) Ranjana Desai.

Who are the ex-officio members?

Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and the state election commissioner of Jammu and Kashmir are its ex-officio members.

What is the responsibility of the delimitation commission?

The Delimitation Commission has the responsibility of delimiting the Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir.

Which census was considered by the delimitation commission?

The Delimitation was carried out based on the 2011 Census.

The delimitation exercise was carried out under which acts?

The Delimitation exercise was carried out by the provisions of Part-V of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, and the provisions of the Delimitation Act, 2002.

How many assembly seats were there in the undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir?

The undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir had 87 assembly seats, of which:

  • Ladakh region had 4 seats.
  • Jammu region had 37 seats.
  • Kashmir had 46 seats.

In 2019, the state of Jammu and Kashmir was reorganized and 2 Union territories (Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir) were formed.

How many assembly seats did the delimitation commission propose?

The delimitation commission proposed increasing the number of seats in the Union Territory (UT) of J&K from 83 to 90. Out of the 90- seats:

  • 43 seats will be from the Jammu region.
  • 47 seats will be from the Kashmir region.

How many assembly seats do Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) have?

There are 24 seats in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). According to the Election Commission, these seats continue to remain vacant.

How many assembly seats are proposed for Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes?

  • The delimitation commission proposed 9 assembly seats for Scheduled Tribes.
  • 7 seats have been reserved for Scheduled Castes, all of which are in the Jammu region.

How many parliamentary constituencies are there in Jammu and Kashmir?

Five parliamentary constituencies.

What are the major changes regarding parliamentary seats?

The Anantnag constituency will be called the Anantnag-Rajouri and will comprise 11 assembly segments from Kashmir and seven assembly segments from Jammu.

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