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Delimitation Commission: Clamour grows for de-freezing seats reserved for PoJK
2/26/2021 11:17:11 PM
Early Times Report
jammu, Feb 26: As the Delimitation Commission has initiated the process to redraw the territorial limits of 90 assembly segments of newly created Union Territory (UT) of J&K, demand for de-freezing the seats "reserved" for displaced persons from Pakistan-occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK) has gained momentum, with refugee leaders urging Centre to address their political aspirations.
After its first meeting at Delhi last week, the members of the Delimitation Commission are likely to visit different parts of J&K to interact with cross sections of the society. As 24 seats in the J&K Assembly have been reserved for areas illegally occupied by Pakistan, refugees of these areas living in different parts of the country have stepped up campaign to defreeze these seats.
During a function at Jammu University to observe 'Sankalap' Divas on February 22, demand of defreeze of the reserved seats was vociferously raised by people. This function was organized by RSS backed Jammu Kashmir Study Centre with the collaboration of Department of Strategic and Regional Studies (DSRS), University of Jammu.
Working of the Delimitation Commission has provided an opportunity to defreeze seats 'reserved' for displaced persons from PoJK and to ensure adequate representation to the displaced community.
The Delimitation Commission has mandate to redraw territorial limits of 90 assembly segments of J&K but the panel also has powers to fulfill long pending demand of PoJK refugees to defreeze seats reserved for them in the Assembly.
In the Legislative Assembly of erstwhile State of J&K 24 seats were reserved for the residents of PoJK who were part of undivided J&K before 1947. Refugees from PoJK living in this side of LoC have raised the demand of de-freezing at-least eight of these reserved seats as per proportion of their population.
o In the Legislative Assembly of the J&K 24 seats have been kept reserved to give representation to the areas of undivided J&K, presently occupied Pakistan.
o In undivided J&K there were 111 assembly seats before 1947.
o As 33 percent population from occupied areas had migrated to this side of LoC in 1947, refugees from those areas raised demand of allotting them those reserved seats as per their population.
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