No new dist announcement on June 2?
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s bonanza of new districts on the occasion of Telangana state formation day may not happen on June 2.
The proposed district reorganization will not materialize any time before October with procedural issues pending and the government taking time to address them, highly placed sources said.
Speculations were rife after the chief minister said earlier this month that he would announce the new districts as a second anniversary gift for Telangana. While the number of districts is expected to go up from the present, 10 to 25, political circles are abuzz with names of possible new districts and new maps in circulation. Left with just 10 days before the statehood celebration, the chief minister seems to have woken up to the reality of practical difficulty in announcing the new districts on June 2 and has called a meeting on Monday with district collectors. The sources, however, said they were certain that the announcement of the new districts was not on the cards during the June 2 event.
“The new districts are going to be announced after due procedure is followed. The Monday’s meeting with the district collectors is an important one in this regard,“ said deputy chief minister Mahmad Mahmood Ali, who holds revenue portfolio which has to look after the process of redrawing boundaries of the new districts. Apart from the mandatory procedure that needs to be followed, the Centre’s due diligence in terms of allocating All India Service Officers for the new districts and other issues such as delimitation of assembly constituencies, which is around the corner, seem to have come in the way of the state government’s efforts to announce the new districts as early as June. “As such the Centre has no role to play in terms of formation of new districts since it is completely the state’s prerogative. However, when the enhancement of strength of the assembly is very much around the corner, what is the urgency to go for district reorganization? While the district boundaries are to be redrawn scientifically, better the state government wait for completion of delimitation of assembly constituencies,“ said Telangana BJP president K Laxman.
According to the AP State Reorganisation Act 2014, strength of the Telangana Legislative Assembly is to be increased from the present 119 to 153 seats. While it needs a constitutional amendment, the Centre is expected to place the amendment Bill in the Parliament in the next session to be held in July-August. After the passage of the Bill, the Election Commission of
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