new Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed the country's commitment to hold elections as soon as the process of delimitation is over in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that efforts are being made to move this union territory on the path of development with new energy.
Addressing the countrymen on the occasion of 74th Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort, the Prime Minister while giving details of the ongoing development works in various areas of the country, said that in the same way Leh-Ladakh, Kargil and Jammu-Kashmir region should be protected from Article 370. Freedom has been attained and one year has been completed.
'Delimitation process in J&K'
The Prime Minister said, “The process of delimitation is going on in Jammu and Kashmir. It is under the leadership of a retired judge of the Supreme Court, and soon after its completion, there will be elections in the future, there should be an MLA of Jammu and Kashmir, ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir… To move forward on the path of development with new energy, the country is committed and is also striving for it.
'One year ago I got independence from Article 370'
PM Modi said that this region got independence from Article 370 a year ago and this year is a major milestone of a new development journey of Jammu and Kashmir. He said, “This year has been a period of giving fundamental rights to women, Dalits and women.” It has also been a year for our refugees to live a dignified life. “
Jammu and Kashmir was reorganized last year and was divided into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Under this, the provision of Legislative Assembly was kept in Jammu and Kashmir while in Ladakh this provision is not there. The government had earlier formed the Delimitation Commission and started the process of re-delimitation of assembly and parliamentary seats in Jammu and Kashmir and some states in the Northeast.
What will be the number of assembly seats after delimitation?
Delimitation is the process of deciding the boundaries of the assembly and parliamentary constituencies. According to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, the number of assemblies in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will increase from 107 to 114. Of these, 24 seats are in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Thus effectively the number of seats in the state assembly will increase from 83 to 90. Before the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir, the state assembly had 46 seats in Kashmir, 37 in Jammu and four in Ladakh. After the delimitation, there will be increase of five seats in Jammu while two in Kashmir.
In his address, the Prime Minister said that special campaigns like “return to the village” are being carried out to bring the benefits of development to the village and the poor. Ayushman Yojana is being used in the best way in the areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh today.
PM Modi congratulates all panch-sarpanch
PM Modi said that the strength of democracy, the true strength of democracy lies in our chosen local units and it is a matter of pride that the representatives of the local units in Jammu and Kashmir are leading a new era of development with activism and sensitivity. He said, “I heartily congratulate all his Panch-sarpanches … for their active participation in the development journey.”
Along with this, he said that by making Ladakh a Union Territory, there has been a work to fulfill the old demand and expectations there. Referring to the development programs being run by the central government there, PM Modi said that there are many characteristics of Ladakh which need to be handled and groomed. He said, “Just as Sikkim has made its mark as a biological state, the entire region of Ladakh, Leh, Kargil can make a mark as a carbon neutral unit for our country.” Government of India is moving in this direction.