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NEW DELHI: The three-member Delimitation Commission on Jammu and Kashmir, headed by Justice Ranjana Desai (retd), on Thursday signed the final order on redrawing the assembly constituencies of the Union Territory, a day before its term was to end.
The commission has proposed increasing the number of seats in the UT from 83 to 90. The panel has recommended six additional seats for Jammu and one for Kashmir. As of now, the Kashmir division has 46 seats and the Jammu division 37.
Besides, there are 24 seats in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) that continue to remain vacant.
For the first time, nine seats have been proposed for Scheduled Tribes.
The panel has Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and the state election commissioner of Jammu and Kashmir as its ex-officio members.

The Commission treated Jammu and Kashmir as a single entity for the purpose of the delimitation exercise.
Salient points of the report:
* Nine Assembly Constituency (AC) seats reserved for STs for the first time (six in Jammu and 3 in Kashmir).
* 7 ACs reserved for Schedule Caste.
* One Parliamentary Constituency has been carved out combining Anantnag region in the Valley and Rajouri & Poonch of Jammu region.
* All five Parliamentary Constituencies have an equal number of ACs for the first time – 18 seats each.
* Of the 90 ACs, 43 will be part of Jammu region and 47 of Kashmir region.
* All ACs will remain within the boundary of the concerned district.
* Changed nomenclature for 13 assembly seats; minor boundary changes across 21 ACs.
* Delimitation panel recommends provision of at least 2 members (including 1 female) from Kashmiri migrant community in J&K assembly with the same power as nominated members of Puducherry assembly.
* It has also sought representation of displaced persons from Pakistan Occupied Jammu Kashmir.
(With inputs from agencies)

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