Census office order may hit delimitation process - ECAS Punjab

Census office order may hit delimitation process

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Chandigarh, August 1

The instructions by the Director General (Census) to the state government not to make changes in the boundaries of civic bodies after December 31, 2019, may hit the exercise of the delimitation of wards being carried out in urban local bodies (ULBs), including the Municipal Corporations.

Notably, the Director, Local Government Department, recently announced the delimitation of wards before holding the elections to 129 ULBs, proposed in October.

The Director General (Census) had asked the state not to make changes in boundaries of civic bodies or other administrative units. The boundaries of administrative units for Census-2021 would be frozen as on December 31, 2019. "No changes should be made in the boundaries of the administrative units from January 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021," the order said. Objecting to the delimitation of the Mohali Municipal Corporation, former Deputy Mayor Manjit Sethi said despite the Director General (Census) issuing a notification of not undertaking delimitation after December 31, 2019, the department had ordered the delimitation of wards.

"Rotating wards within the jurisdiction of a sector is also delimitation. We will challenge it in a court," said Sethi. The SAD-BJP has also announced to take legal recourse in case of the delimitation of wards. The department could face the same problem in other ULBs.

The government has only announced 50 per cent reservation of wards for women on the lines of a law passed in 2017. — TNS

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