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New districts to check Telangana state? ఏప్రిల్ 12, 2011

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New dists to check Telangana state demand?
M N Samdani, TNN, Apr 11, 201

GUNTUR: Opening a Pandora’s box, the Congress government is working on redesigning of districts in the state. Though the government claims that it is being done taking in view of the serious imbalances in the development of rural areas, analysts believe the new agenda is being thrust on the political stage only to counter the separate Telangana statehood issue.

Rural development minister Dokka Manikya Varaprasad, who is working on a study paper in this regard, said he would submit it to the state cabinet by this month-end. He said that lack of administration in the interior areas of the existing districts was the “real hurdle in extending the fruits of various government schemes to the poor.”

Sources said the study paper is likely to advocate formation of at least eight to 10 new districts in the state. “Even small states like Orissa and Karnataka have more districts than AP. Creation of new districts is the only solution to overcome underdevelopment,” the minister argued.

After taking over the reins of the rural development ministry, he started an exercise in checking imbalances in the flow of funds and their reach. He discussed the issue with chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and secured his permission for making the study on creation of new districts.

“The demand for creation of new districts has been there for long and I have only started the exercise to look into the demand,” he told TOI. He felt that AP deserves to have at least 35 districts. He said they could start by bifurcating big and completely undeveloped districts which alone would add at least seven districts to the existing 23.

While he sees an urgent need to create a new district of Nallamala by merging the underdeveloped Palnadu region in Guntur with Markapuram division in Prakasam district, a new tribal district could be a formed by merging the Agency mandals of both East and West Godavari districts. Similarly, he suggests that parts of West Krishna district could be clubbed with Khammam to create a new district of Bhadrachalam.

He said that no district should have more than 30-35 mandals for better monitoring of government schemes against the current number of 50-60 mandals. “There are still some ancient and primeval people living in some parts of the well-developed Ranga Reddy district. No administration is accessible to the people there,” he explained.

He, however, rejected the argument that the government has brought the redesigning of the district only to counter Telangana issue. “It is completely a different issue. More districts are needed even if the state is bifurcated,” he argued.

Blaming the bureaucrats for not allowing the creation of new districts, Varaprasad said the babus have always acted as `monarchs’ and not as public servants. “In the present system of governance, no collector can visit all the villages in his district even at least once in a year. In that situation, how can he assess the functioning of the administration in the interior areas,” he fumed.

Admitting that the creation of new districts would have financial implications on the state exchequer, the minister, however, felt that it would not be a big burden. “It would cut down the misappropriation of funds,” he reasoned. He strongly felt that it was high time the administration was taken to the interior areas and to wean away the tribals from the Maoist influence.

New district proposals
1. Bhadrachalam
2. Alluri Seetharamaraju tribal district (from East and West Godavari districts)
3. Nallamala district (forming parts of Guntur and Prakasam)
4. Bifurcation of tribal areas from Adilabad
5. Miryalguda district in Nalgonda
6. Bifurcation of Mahbubnagar district
7. Bifurcation of Ranga Reddy

States that have more districts than AP
Maharashtra: 35
Rajasthan: 33
Tamil Nadu: 32
Orissa: 30
Karnataka: 30
Assam: 27

Small states on par with AP
Haryana: 21
Chhattisgarh: 18

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/New-dists-to-check-Telangana-state-demand/articleshow/7937946.cms

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