Srinagar, Jul 27: The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai on Wednesday informed the Parliament that statehood to Jammu and Kashmir would be granted at an appropriate time.
In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, he said that delimitation Commission has notified orders on March 14 and May 05 on delimitation of Parliamentary and Legislative Assembly Constituencies of J&K.
“J&K government has intimated that there were no significant protests against the report of the delimitation commission, however, various political parties have expressed different views on the report,” he said.
He also said that the decision to conduct elections is prerogative of ECI, while Delimitation commission conducted delimitation exercise of Union territory of J&K based on the census data of the year 2011 & criteria prescribed under section 9(1)(a) of Delimitation Act, 2002 read with Section 60(2)(b) of J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019,” the minister said.
He said that the Commission has also considered the representations for geographical areas having inadequate communication and lack of public conveniences due to their excessive remoteness or inhospitable conditions on the international border.
“As against the previous number of 37 and 46 Assembly seats for the Jammu region and Kashmir region respectively, the Delimitation Commission has notified 43 seats for the Jammu region and 47 seats for the Kashmir region,” he said. kns