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    Can state legislature have authority to increase its districts in a state?

    A state can comprise of several Districts, as the Chief minister of Telangana is saying that he will increase the no.of districts because for good governance increase in number of districts results no. increase in Assembly seats. So my question can a simple Assembly resolution is enough without taking permission of central government of India can increase the districts in state? If districts are increased what about the Member of parliaments? Is it remain the same or not it will also alter
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  • Yes, state governments of India have the authority to divide/re-draw the districts within the state. As for example, West Bengal Government divided the erstwhile district of West Dinajpur into North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur. Again the district of Midnapore has been divided into West Midnapore and East Midnapore. Similar division/re-drawing of districts are done by all state governments for administrative conveniences and for vote bank politics.

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  • Districts are the administrative division in any state. Often such districts are further divided into sub-divisions or tehsils or talukas.
    A state Government can create new districts depending upon the administrative requirements by adopting due process of law i.e. by passing a bill in the state legislative assembly.
    However assembly constituencies are different. In one district unit, there may be more than one assembly constituencies also. The total number of assembly constituencies are reviewed by the Delimitation Commission after census as decided by the Election Commission of India. Number of assembly constituencies is determined according to the population, but it appears that in each state, there is different population criteria for carving out assembly constituencies. As far as the constitution of India is concerned, it provides that the legislative assembly of a state shall normally consist of not more than 500 and not less than 60 members, though there as exceptions in the case of states of Goa, Mizoram and Sikkim.
    The number of parliamentary constituencies are also reviewed by the Delimitation Commission appointed by the Election Commission of India only.

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  • Districts and Parliament constituencies dont have any relationship. It is not mandatory that each district should have a Parliament constituency and vice versa. Parliament constituencies are based on the population.


  • The seats for the Member of Parliament in a state do not have anything to do with the number of districts. The number of MPs a state can have depends on the population. The number of districts does not correspond to the number of MPs. Adjoining districts, or talukas thereof can be clubbed together to arrive at the requisite population.
    Districts, on the other hand are meant for the ease of administration. Having more number of districts can help in making the administration easy.
    As such, the state government need not consult the central government while taking a decision on increasing the number of districts, or for that matter any administrative sub division.

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