Centre forms delimitation panel

Centre forms delimitation panel
Ranjana Prakash Desai
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/6/2020 11:36:41 AM IST


Spl. Correspondent/Agencies

NEW DELHI, MAR 6 (NPN): Centre on Friday constituted the delimitation commission, headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai to oversee the delimitation process in four North Eastern states--- Nagaland, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur and Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.

A notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice said that Justice (retired) Ranjana Prakash Desai has been appointed as the chairperson of the commission.

Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and state election commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir and the four states will be the ex officio members, it said.

The appointment of Justice Desai shall be for a period of one year or till further orders, whichever is earlier, the notification stated. The commission is mandated to undertake delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies in four North Eastern states and Jammu and Kashmir

The notification said that the delimitation commission shall delimit the constituencies of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Jammu & Kashmir in accordance with the provision of the Delimitation Act, 2002.

Centre on February 28 cancelled its earlier notifications which deferred delimitation in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh due to security issues, saying the exercise could be carried out “now” as the previous circumstances cease to exist. 

The ‘order’ issued by the Legislative Department of the Law Ministry said “it appears that the circumstances that led to the deferring of the delimitation exercise” in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland “have ceased to exist and that the delimitation of the constituencies as envisaged under the Delimitation Act, 2002 could be carried out now”.

The order pointed out that a Delimitation Commission was set up under the Delimitation Act, 2002 to readjust the division of each state and union territory into territorial constituencies for the purpose of Lok Sabha and state assembly elections on the basis of census figures of 2001. The Commission completed the delimitation exercise and the Delimitation Order, 2008 in respect of all the states, except in these four North Eastern states, it said. 

On Thursday, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, addressing a programme in Kohima, had said that the delimitation exercise in Nagaland was scheduled to be held soon.

He said that the state government had rejected delimitation exercise as directed by the Centre in 2002 citing “faulty and unrealistic” projection of population in Census 2001.

Rio also disclosed that  the state cabinet was of the view that since the Naga political talks was at  a very advanced stage, the exercise should have been deferred.

Following the 2011 Census, which showed negative decadal growth, Centre had once again directed the state to conduct the exercise.

However, Rio informed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had called him and asked to go ahead with the delimitation process, while also admitting that it will be a difficult exercise as it has to rational, based on the population.

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