AP government initiates steps to form 12 new districts

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The Andhra Pradesh cabinet on Wednesday, July 15, took the first step to materialise Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s plan to create new districts taking Lok Sabha constituency as basic criteria by setting up a committee to go into the feasibility of the plan.

The plan is to reorganize the existing 13 districts into 25 districts. The panel to be headed by the chief secretary has been given time till March 31, 2021 to submit its report.

The increase in the number of districts in the state on the basis of the existing Parliamentary constituencies is one of the key pre-poll promises made by Jagan Mohan Reddy. Sakshi Post reported that a proposal for the creation of a 26th district also came up for the discussion in the meeting.

Deputy Chief Minister Pushpa Sri Vani pointed out that Araku, which is going to be a new district post the restructuring, has a large geographical area and is spread across four districts. Responding to this, Chief Minister Ys Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the authorities to study the possibility of carving Araku Parliamentary constituency into two districts.

Briefing the media about the decisions taken in the cabinet meeting, Information and Public Relations Minister Perni Nani said, the cabinet has also passed a resolution permitting the establishment of a ‘Sand Corporation’ to monitor and address all issues related to sand mining, transportation and its sale. It will be a subsidiary entity under the mining department.

He also stated that the cabinet has given its consent for the formation of a new corporation -- Andhra Pradesh Rayalaseema Drought Mitigation Project Development Corporation Ltd -- for implementing irrigation projects at an estimated cost of Rs 40,000 crore in the Rayalaseema region.

The Cabinet gave its nod to start two more Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) campuses in the state. The new campuses will be set up in Ongole and Srikakulam.

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