Delimitation Commission to visit Jammu and Kashmir as the ice breaks
By: Tariq Shah VOV
After the recent all party meeting held by the Prime Minister in New Delhi which was attended by most of the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir, the efforts of the Delimitation Commission to complete its report have gained currency.
According to the news reports from New Delhi, the commission is coming for a four day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from July 6. These reports said that during their stay in Jammu and Kashmir they will hold meetings with different stakeholders including political parties to get a feedback
According to the KNO reporting about the proposed visit of Delimitation Commission to Jammu and Kashmir, it said in its report that it has planned a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from July 06 (Tuesday) to interact with political parties, public representatives and officials from Union Territory administration.
The commission as per the news agency–Kashmir News Observer (KNO), will gather first hand information and input concerning the ongoing process of delimitation as mandated under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization act, 2019.
According to a statement, today, Delimitation Commission under the Chairpersonship of Justice (Retd.) Ranjana Prakash Desai, in the presence of Sushil Chandra, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has decided to visit the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir from 6th July, 2021 (Tuesday) to 9th July, 2021 (Friday)
“During this period, the Commission will interact with political parties, public representatives and Union Territory administration officials including District Election Officers/ Deputy Commissioners of 20 districts of the Union Territory to gather first hand information and input concerning the on-going process of delimitation as mandated under the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019,” the statement said.
The Delimitation Commission was constituted in March 2020 and its term was extended by another year in March 2021 in view of the on-going pandemic.
Third member of the Commission is the State Election Commissioner of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The Commission also has five Associate Members nominated by the Speaker, Lok Sabha. The Commission already had series of meetings related to data/ map of the Districts/ Constituencies related to census 2011.
Earlier, it invited all Associate Members for interaction, which were participated by two of the Associate Members.
A number of representations has also been received on various aspects concerning delimitation from civil societies and members of public from the Union Territory.
The Commission has already taken note of all such suggestions and directed that these may be deliberated further in the context of ground realities concerning delimitation.
The Commission expected that all stakeholders will co-operate in this endeavor and will provide valuable suggestions so that the task of delimitation is completed timely.
With inputs from KNO