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Naidu’s subtle message to Ministers

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Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has become first high-profile resident of Armaravati capital region today. After hectic programs and cabinet meeting at camp office in Vijayawada on Saturday, Naidu left for the House arranged for him in Lingamaneni Estates in Undavalli, Guntur district. This is for the first time he is going to stay at the official residence in the temporary capital. Today, his family members are said to have performed the house warming ritual. Keeping in view Naidu’s residence, tight security arrangement has been made at the Lingamaneni estates.

Many see this as a clear message to his cabinet ministers and senior officials who are hesitating to relocate themselves to Vijayawada or Guntur. But, as Naidu took the lead, there is no option for ministers but to fall in line. Many ministers are reluctant to shift to Vijayawada as they find few bungalows in the city suitable for a minister. Located 2 KM from from Prakasam barrage in Undavalli, the swanky guest house has four bedrooms, two big halls, a home theatre and additional rooms for CM’s staff and a mini conference hall.

The building meant for chief minister, located in the space of 1.5 ac. was finalized in June itself. After the family members satisfied with the building and comforts, a new two-lane road has been laid from the Prakasam barrage. An helipad is also constructed near the bungalow.
There is some criticism that the bungalow is raised in an encroached piece of land.

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Makeshift secretariat coming up near Amaravati

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As Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is firm on relocating the administration from Hyderabad to new capital region of Andhra Pradesh before January 1, 2016, the State government began construction of sheds and makeshift structures to house temporary ‘seat of power’.

Last year, it was decided to construct a makeshift administrative township near Amaravati colony near Mangalagiri and expression of interest was also invited from the companies. But, unwilling employees put paid to the plan and governmet shelved it. Now, the State government once again started acquiring lands in the capital region for the construction of ad hoc administrative township.

State government on Tuesday asked Arihant Indo African Infra Developers and Builders Pvt Ltd to surrender its 22.72 acres of land in the Nowluru Village, Mangalagiri mandal, of Guntur district for construction makeshift secretariat. The government issued a GO in this regard.

The government also began the preparation of the list employees, who are ready to relocate to the new capital at short notice. Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao on Tuesday distributed a pro forma to the HoDs seeking the details of the staff, willing to move to the new capital. Each employee has to give information about their present post, department, how many children they have, class they are studying and whether they are Hyderabad in the pro forma.

Based on this information, government wants to take up local issue with the centre for a possible amendment to the presidential order that government the zonal system in two Telugu states.

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What does Section-8 of AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 Deal With?

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As TDP leaders and Andhra Pradesh chief minister, N Chandrababu Naidu continuously highlighting the need for implementation of Section-8 of AP Reorganisation Act. 2014, a large number of people in Telugu states are confused as to what this section would deal with and how it would benefit Andhra Pradesh.

Before we look into Section-8 of this act, it is pertinent to know what Section-5 of AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 as both sections deal with Hyderabad—the matter of concern for TDP leaders as of now.

Section-5 of this act has two sub-sections. While the first sub-section states that Telangana and Andhra Pradesh would have Hyderabad as common capital for a period ‘not exceeding ten years.’

The second sub-section of section five clearly mentions that Hyderabad, after the expiry of period as mentioned in sub-section one of section five, will be the capital of Telangana and there would be a new capital for the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Now, read on to know what the most-debated and demanded ‘Section-8’ highlights.

Section-8 of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 has four sub-sections. The first sub-section stresses that governor would have special responsibility to safeguard the liberty and property of people who reside in Hyderabad. 

According to the second sub-section of section eight, governor will handle the law and order, internal security and allocation and maintenance of government buildings in Hyderabad.

The third sub-section states that governor would take an independent decision regarding the matters mentioned above only after consulting the council of ministers of Telangana state.

Two advisors, appointed by the Central Government, will assist the governor, according to the fourth and last sub-section of the act.

Will it benefit Andhra Pradesh economically?

The answer is certainly no, as said by many legal experts and economists, as no where it’s mentioned in Section-8 that the revenue of Hyderabad would be shared with Andhra Pradesh. This section deals only with law and order besides allocation and maintenance of government buildings.

Why governor would consult council of minister of Telangana state?

Before taking any decision with regards to Section-8, the governor will consult the Telangana Government as Telangana police would act in Hyderabad, which will, however, be controlled by the governor.

All in all, TDP should now at least focus on development of north Andhra and Rayalaseema regions as the development in four Rayalaseema districts besides Vizianagaram and Srikakulam is limping.  Instead, the party leaders are choosing to fight on an issue that might benefit the party-given the ignorance of people on section eight-but will not benefit the region in any manner.

(Phani B)

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