Expedite process for special status of state: AP Governor

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan Photo Courtesy - Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

File photo of Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan
Photo Courtesy – Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan has asked Central government to expedite resolution of all provisions in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, including according special category status to the state. The ruling Telagu Desam Party (TDP) has already expressed dissatisfaction to the Centre for the delay.

The issue of special status to Andhra Pradesh has been resonating in New Delhi too with TDP and other MPs from the state staging protest in both the houses of Parliament.

“As per the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, and the assurances made, the Government of India (GoI) has to fulfil commitments of the special category status, bridging the resource gap and completion of the Polavaram project with the funds of Government of India,” the governor said.

The Centre also has to fulfil promises of formation of a railway zone, establishment of greenfield crude oil refinery and petrochemical complex and financial assistance to Amaravati (the state’s new capital city), Narasimhan said.

Establishment of Duggirajupatnam port, increase in seats of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, resolution of anomalies in taxation matters, construction of a steel plant in Kadapa district and establishing the Vizag-Chennai industrial corridor were among other tasks listed by the Governor in his address to the joint sitting of the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly this morning.

The governor said the Centre needs to construct Metro rails in Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, set up rapid rail and road connectivity to Amaravati, apportion Schedule IX and Schedule X institutions and establish a greyhounds training centre.

Once a prosperous state, Andhra Pradesh is now faced with a severe drop in per capita income, leading to a decrease of Rs 35,000 compared to other southern states, Narasimhan said.

In his further address, he referred to the Polavaram multipurpose project, saying the government was determined to “overcome all hurdles” to complete it in record time and get water into the right and left main canals through gravity by early 2019.

(With inputs from PTI)