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Facts Box: Delimitation Commission set up for Arunachal, Manipur, Assam, J&K, Manipur

A Delimitation Commission was formed under former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai.


The Delimitation for the state of Jammu and Kashmir is to be carried out according to Jammu and Kashmir reorganization act. The previous delimitation for the state of Jammu and Kashmir was done in 1995. The state was under President’s rule when the last delimitation was done.

For other parts of the country, delimitation is to be done based on the census 2031. The previous delimitation for rest of India was done based on 2001.


The delimitation commission was formed under Section 3 of Delimitation Act, 2002. So far, 4 such delimitation commissions have been constituted under the act. They were in 1952, 1963, 1973 and 2002.

What is Delimitation?

Delimitation is the process of fixing boundaries of constituency. The Delimitation had been suspended between 1976 and 2001. This was because GoI was implementing the policy of family planning in a full-fledged way during this period.

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NITI Aayog Draft Roadmap to stabilise population, family planning and birth rate

NITI Aayog is currently working on a draft roadmap that aims at creating a vision for the country to help stabilize population, birth rate and family planning. In order to achieve this, on December 20, 2019, NITI Aayog along with Population Foundation of India organized a consultative meeting with senior officials, subject matter experts. The meeting discussed ways and means to strengthen India’s family planning programmes and population policy. It will also contribute to NITI Aayog’s working paper on India’s vision on attaining population stabilization.


The draft will help address key gaps in family planning programmes in the country. It will also help address regional disparities focusing on inter-departmental convergence, adolescents, youths. The think tank is to provide suggestions on budgetary allocations for family planning. It will align with the unmet needs of India’s young people and address their socio-cultural barriers.

The meeting also discussed making population stabilization and family planning a national priority. In order to achieve this the think tank is looking ways to foster multisectoral participation and integration.


India is the second most populous country in the world with population size of 1.37 billion. Currently, the country is at a situation where birth rates are falling but the population is continuing to grow. This is mainly because more than 30% of population is young and in reproductive age group. Therefore, a roadmap is required to stabilize the population growth.

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