Jammu and Kashmir

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR REORGANISATION BILL, 2019

Bill No. XXIX of 2019

43 of 1950

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR REORGANISATION BILL, 2019

A

BILL

to provide for the reorganisation of the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Seventieth Year of the Republic of India as follows:—

PART-I

PRELIMINARY

1. This Act may be called the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

(a) “appointed day” means the day which the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint;

(b) “article” means an article of the Constitution;

(c) “assembly constituency” and “parliamentary constituency” have the same meanings as in the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950);

(d) “Election Commission” means the Election Commission appointed by the President under article 324;

(e) “existing State of Jammu and Kashmir” means the State of Jammu and Kashmir as existing immediately before the appointed day, comprising the territory which immediately before the commencement of the Constitution of India in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir;

(f) “law” includes any enactment, ordinance, regulation, order, bye-law, rule, scheme, notification or other instrument having, immediately before the appointed day, the force of law in the whole or in any part of the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir;

(g) “Legislative Assembly” means Legislative Assembly of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir;

(h) “Lieutenant Governor” means the Adminstrator of the Union territory appointed by the President under artcle 239;

(i) “notified order” means an order published in the Official Gazette;

(j) “population ratio”, in relation to the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and Union territory of Ladakh means the ratio as per 2011 Census;

(k) “Scheduled Castes” in relation to the Union territory means such castes, races or tribes or parts of groups within such castes, races or tribes as are deemed under article 341 to be Scheduled Castes in relation to that Union territory;

(l) “Scheduled Tribes” in relation to the Union territory means such tribes or tribal communities or parts of or groups within such tribes or tribal communities as are deemed under article 342 to be Scheduled Tribes in relation to that Union territory;

(m) “sitting member”, in relation to either House of Parliament or of the Legislature of the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir, means a person who immediately before the appointed day, is a member of that House;

(n) “Union territory”, in relation to the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir, means the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir or Union territory of Ladakh, as the case may be;

(o) “transferred territory” means the territory which on the appointed day is transferred from the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir to Union territories formed under sections 3 and 4 of this Act; and

(p) any reference to a district, tehsil or other territorial division of the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir shall be construed as a reference to the area comprised within that territorial division on the appointed day.

PART II

REORGANISATION OF THE STATE OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR

3. On and from the appointed day, there shall be formed a new Union territory to be known as the Union territory of Ladakh comprising the following territories of the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir, namely:—

“Kargil and Leh districts”,

and thereupon the said territories shall cease to form part of the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir.

4. On and from the appointed day, there shall be formed a new Union territory to be known as the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir comprising the territories of the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir other than those specified in section 3.

5. On and from the appointed day, the Governor of the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir shall be the Lieutenant Governor for the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and Union territory of Ladakh for such period as may be determined by the President.

6. On and from the appointed day, in the First Schedule to the Constitution, under the heading—“I. THE STATES”,—

(a) entry 15 shall be deleted.

(b) entries from 16 to 29 shall be renumbered as 15 to 28.

5 (c) under the heading —“II. UNION TERRITORIES”,—

after entry 7, the following entries shall be inserted, namely:—
“8. Jammu and Kashmir: The territories specified in section 4 of the
Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019”.
“9. Ladakh: The territories specified in section 3 of the Jammu and
10 Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019”.

7. Nothing in the foregoing provisions of this Part shall be deemed to affect the power of the Government of successor Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir to alter, after the appointed day, the name, area or boundaries of any district or other territorial division in that Union territory.

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