Reserve seats for Kashmiri Pandits in J&K Assembly, says Sushil Modi in Rajya Sabha

Addressing the members of the House he said, “I would like to urge the government to nominate 2 Kashmiri Pandits and 1 PoK displaced person to J&K Assembly based on the recommendation by the Delimitation Commission.”

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By: Akshay Razdan
Updated: 09 December, 2022 7:53 pm IST

Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday said that Kashmiri Pandits should get reserved seats in J&K Assembly. He raised the matter in the Upper House during Zero Hour.

Addressing the members of the House he said, “I would like to urge the government to nominate 2 Kashmiri Pandits and 1 PoK displaced person to J&K Assembly based on the recommendation by the Delimitation Commission.”

Adding he said, “Lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits had to flee from Kashmir after facing massacres, mass rape and genocide. They have been residing in different parts of the country for more than three decades”.

The senior BJP leader also said that the Delimitation Commission has also recommended a provision to reserve one seat for the displaced persons from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

“As per the Delimitation Commission they should be given the same rights that have been given to the nominated members of the Puducherry Legislative Assembly”, he added.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi is a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha from Bihar.

He urged the Central Government to implement the provisions of reservation by amending the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019 so that Kashmiri Pandits and displaced persons can get its benefits whenever the assembly is constituted.

The Delimitation Commission  was constituted by the Govt. of India for the purpose of delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.

In May 2022, the Delimitation Commission headed by Justice Ranjana Desai submitted the final report after several rounds of revision.  As per the final Delimitation Order, out of the 90 Assembly constituencies in the region, 43 were made part of Jammu region and 47 for Kashmir region.

The Delimitation Commission also made recommendations to reserve seats for Kashmiri Pandits and displaced persons of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). The Commission urged the government to make provision to reserve at least two members (one female mandatorily)  from the community of Kashmiri Migrants in the Legislative Assembly adding such members may be given power at par with the power of nominated members of the Legislative Assembly of Union Territory of Puducherry.

The commission also urged to consider granting the Displaced Persons from Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir some representation in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, by way of nomination of representatives of the Displaced Persons from Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir was carved out from the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir through the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 (34 of 2019), passed by the Parliament.

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