The Assam Cabinet today approved the administrative merger of four newly formed districts with the existing districts. Biswanath district will be merged with Sonitpur, Hojai with Nagaon, Tamulpur district with Buxa and Bajali district with Barpeta district.
Police and judicial activities will continue in these districts and all other district offices created during this period will continue so that no officer or employee faces any inconvenience, the government said.
“These decisions have been taken due to administrative expediency and in the interest of Assam and the society. We have decided to re-merge the four districts. The decision has been taken in the interest of the future of Assam,” Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma said in Delhi. Today.
This is in accordance with the Election Commission’s order on delimitation, mandating that the Assam government not make any changes in any district or administrative unit from January 1, 2023, as the state begins its delimitation process.
Chief Minister Sharma said that this is a temporary arrangement for the demarcation process.
Delimitation is the process of determining the limits or boundaries of territorial constituencies of a country or state with a legislative body.
After the merger, the total number of districts will come down from 35 to 31.
Earlier, the Election Commission had said on December 27 that it had started delimiting assembly and parliamentary constituencies in Assam and would use the 2001 census figures to redraw seats at the request of the Union Law Ministry.
Opposition parties protested the move, accusing the BJP of trying to shift Assam’s Muslim-majority seats to their advantage.
Several critics have also questioned the motivation behind using data from the 2001 census and not the more recent 2011 census, according to which Assam’s Muslim population grew by 3.3 percent – the highest growth in the country.
The BJP dismissed the allegations, claiming they were aimed at creating confusion.