Amaravati, November 22 (IANS): The government of Andhra Pradesh on Monday repealed two laws enacted last year to create three state capitals, but said it would introduce comprehensive new legislation addressing all issues, including legal issues for the sake of common population.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy told the State Assembly the decision has been taken to strengthen existing arrangements and address various issues.
The Assembly adopted the Decentralization and Inclusive Development of All Regions of Andhra Pradesh Bill 2021 by voice vote after the Chief Minister made a brief statement.
The bill repealed the Decentralization and Inclusive Development of All Regions of Andhra Pradesh Act of 2020 and the Capital Region Development Authority Repeal Act of 2020. Andhra Pradesh.
However, Minister of State Botsa Satyanarayana later clarified that the government had not reversed the decision to have administrative, legislative and judicial capitals in Visakhapatnam, Amaravati and Kurnool respectively.
The decision to pass the bill was taken at an emergency state cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister. Before passing the bill in assembly, the state government informed the High Court of Andhra Pradesh of its decision.
The High Court was due to resume hearing on a batch of petitions challenging the two laws passed last year when the Advocate General informed it of the government’s decision.
Joagan Mohan Reddy said the government will bring forward a comprehensive and improved decentralization bill, crafting good intentions and incorporating all answers to public and legal questions.
He claimed that if the process of three capitals had started on time, soon after the adoption of the bills, it would have yielded good results already, as decentralization was intended to ensure equal development of three regions, in accordance with to the Sri Bagh Pact. However, the government’s intention behind this had been twisted, distorted, and people misled amid legal hurdles over the past two years.
After coming to power in 2019, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) overturned the previous TDP government’s decision to develop Amaravati as the state’s sole capital. This sparked a massive protest from Amaravati farmers, who had donated 33,000 acres of land to the capital and hoped to reap the economic benefits.
Farmers, women and others have been protesting against trifurcation for more than 700 days.
“Chandrababu Naidu took the controversial decision on the capital in violation of the recommendations of the Sri Krishna Committee and pooled around 50,000 acres of land for the capital. I have nothing against this region and my home is here and I love this region. But this region is neither in Vijayawada nor in Guntur and both about 30 to 40 km away, ”the chief minister told the assembly.
“To provide basic infrastructure like roads, electricity, drainage, according to figures from the previous government, a huge crore of Rs 1 lakh is needed as they set the cost at Rs 2 crore per acre. over the next 10 years the cost would increase to Rs 6-7 lakh crore and we don’t have that kind of money to paint such an illusory picture. In this case our young people have to go to big cities like Hyderabad, Chennai or Bengaluru to find work, ”he added.
Pointing out that Visakhapatnam already has basic infrastructure like roads, drainage and power, he said if we add value to it, it will compete with Hyderabad in the next five to ten years.
The chief minister said the result of the 2019 election was a resolute vote against concentrating development in one place and negating a model of super capital like Hyderabad. He claimed that the subsequent elections, which gave the YSRCP an overwhelming mandate, recognized their policy of decentralization.
He said that to ensure the overall development of all regions, the government decided to opt for decentralization by making Visakhapatnam the executive capital, and keeping in mind the aspirations of other regions, this region (Amaravati) as a legislative capital and respecting the Sri Bagh Pact. , Kurnool as the judicial capital. He recalled that when Kurnool was the state capital of Andhra, the high court was in Guntur and the two were moved to Hyderabad in 1956.
Earlier, Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath, explaining the main features of the repeal bill, said the topic needed further study and consultations to further clarify the state’s decentralization policy and explain comprehensively to all sections of the population.
He said the government intends to repeal the laws in order to once again allow for further consultations with all stakeholders and to present appropriate legislation in the future addressing all concerns of all regions of the country. State in favor of decentralization.
Last year, on July 31, Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan signed the Andhra Pradesh Capital Development Authority (APCRDA) Repeal Bill 2020 and the Decentralization and Decentralization Bill 2020 inclusive development of all regions of Andhra Pradesh, paving the way for the trifurcation of the state capital.
The repeal of the APCRDA, which was created for the development of Amaravati as the state capital, led to the formation of the Amaravati Metropolitan Region Development Authority (AMRDA).
The bills were first passed in the assembly in January 2020, but the opposition party Telugu Desam (TDP), which held a majority in the 58-member council, blocked them and sent them back to a select committee.
However, legislative officials refused to form the select committee on the grounds that the decision of then-Council President MA Shariff did not comply with the rules.
Even though Amaravati farmers and others went to the High Court, the bills were passed by the Assembly for the second time on June 16, 2020. Although they were not passed by the Legislative Council, they were considered “deemed adopted” as in accordance with Clause 2 of Article 197 of the Constitution since one month had elapsed after their introduction to the Upper House of the State Legislature.
Those who had moved the High Court challenged the two bills on the grounds that they had not been passed according to the rules.