Buzz Around New Districts of AP

Jun 26, 2020 06:39 AM

Taking a cue from Telangana CM KCR who has increased the number of districts from 10 to whopping 33 AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy is also pondering whether to increased the number of districts to 25. Whether this move beneficial in governance or not is still a question mark. But it has delivered rich political dividends for TRS party as it created a new identity for the people.

CM Jagan said during his meeting with officials today that he wishes to see every parliament constituency as a district. But more than enthusiasm this may make people disappointed if not handled properly. As the example of Telangana, district formation has shown, CM KCR had to bow to public pressure everywhere which took the tally to 33 while the initial plan was only limited to 20 districts.

Consider this, as soon as people got wind of Jagan's decision to form new districts there was an uproar in several parts of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts. Many academicians, NGO workers, public intellectuals etc have said that rather than helping with decentralisation this decision may, in turn, provide inconvenience and lead to economic imbalances between districts.

For example, assembly constituencies like etcherla and Rajam are major industrial hubs of Srikakulam but with the new decision they become part of Vijayanagaram parliament constituency hence breaks away from Srikakulam, leaving Srikakulum a cash-starved district forever. The same is the case with educational institutions, hospitals and other resources.

Take another example of Araku which is a parliament constituency. If Araku becomes a district then People of Parvatipuram in Vizianagaram district and Palakonda in Srikakulam district will be 170 km away from their district headquarter.

So instead of parliament constituencies, there should be a new approach to carving new districts. Otherwise, people of few districts may feel carved out of their district the way Andhra Pradesh felt when it was separated from Hyderabad and Telangana.

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