Torrential rains battering Telangana might just pour cold water on the government’s plan to declare the creation of new districts on October 11 on the occasion of Dasara.
Sources in the government said the announcement of new districts might be delayed as the entire administrative set-up, including chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, is singularly focussed on handling the flood situation in the state.
The chief minister had proposed to reorganise the administrative structure by having a total of 27 districts by carving out 17 new ones from the existing 10 districts, and inaugurate their functioning on Dasara day . However, with procedural work pending and officials not finding time to attend to the necessary preparations because of incessant rains, the announcement of new districts is likely to be postponed.
If that happens, it would be the second time that the government had to put off the division of districts. On the earlier occasion, the chief minister wanted to declare creation of new districts on June 2 to coincide with statehood celebration, but the plan was postponed to Dasara as the CM wanted to build a consensus on the issue. “The procedure to create new districts is underway , but at present the top priority is to tackle rains. We will focus on other issues only after the rain situation gets under control and life returns to normal,“ said deputy chief minister Mahmad Mahmood Ali, who holds the revenue portfolio
With the department anticipating intermittent rains till the first week of October, the chief minister on Sunday cancelled a cabinet meeting scheduled for Monday when discussion were to be taken up on district reorganization and other issues, including a proposal to set a BC commission. After the cabinet meeting followed by an all-party meeting, the government was expected to issue final notification for new districts.
eenadu news paper 26-09-2016: http://epaper.eenadu.net