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Delimitation Commission proposes 6 seats for Jammu, 1 for Kashmir

Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission has 'come out with a document that is objectively prepared'

The delimitation commission, set up to redraw the assembly seats of the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, is learnt to have proposed six additional seats for Jammu region and one for Kashmir Valley in its ‘Paper 1’ discussed with its five associate members today.

Nine seats have been proposed for Scheduled Tribes and seven for Scheduled Castes in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said. This is the first time that seats have been proposed for Scheduled Tribes in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.

The associate members — five members from Jammu and Kashmir — attended the meeting. They have been asked to respond to the proposal by the end of this month.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh and National Conference Farooq Abdullah were among those who attended the meeting.

The delimitation commission is headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra is an ex-officio member of the panel.

Union Minister and senior BJP from Jammu Jitendra Singh said that the Delimitation Commission tasked to redraw the voter constituencies in the union territory after the abrogation of in 2019 has “come out with a document that is objectively prepared”.

Singh made the remarks after a of the commission in New Delhi in which NC MPs Dr Farooq Abdullah and retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi also participated amid reports that the commission has proposed six additional voter seats for Jammu region and one for Kashmir valley.

The delimitation commission was set by the government of India on 6 March 2020 and its associate members are National Conference MPs Farooq Abdullah and Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi besides Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh and Jugal Kishore Sharma of the BJP.

“The commission has come out with a document that is objectively prepared. All associated members regardless of parties appreciated work done by the delimitation commission. NC members were also satisfied by parameters followed by the commission,” Singh told reporters after the commission’s today.

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