Terming the ongoing exercise by the state cabinet sub-committee on the issue of creation of administrative units as "political acrobating", former union minister and member of Chaman Lal Gupta said this was not the job of ruling leaders, and should have been left for administrative experts with independent views.
He also sought the appointment of a delimitation commission to ensure fair distribution of assembly seats to bring to an end to the regional discrimination.
In a statement, Gupta said, "It is strange that without making public the reports of Bloeria Committee and Mushtaq Ganai, a group of ministers has been entrusted the task of creation of administrative units."
"The whole issue of creating administrative units in this state has been fishy," he alleged, pointing out that in 1950, the interim government had abolished Reasi district and created Doda district under "communal considerations".
"In 1976, three new districts were created in a hush-hush manner in Kashmir. As there was agitation in Jammu, a commission headed by state high court chief justice JN Wazir (retd). After four years' hard work, the commission submitted its report in 1982, which recommended a number of administrative units, including three new districts for Jammu region and one for Kashmir Valley, but this report under regional considerations was never implemented," he added.
Gupta added that there was a need for total review of the state's administrative set up, and a delimitation commission for assembly and lok sabha constituencies in the state to bring to an end to regional political discrimination against Jammu and ensure fair representation to each region.