Fulfill the promises made in the parliament and implement AP Reorganisation Act.

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Pending assurances

Some of the assurances in the Schedule 13 included setting up of steel plants in Khammam and YSR Kadapa district, 4,000 MW power plant in Telangana by NTPC, rail coach factory in Telangana, measures for establishing rapid rail and road connectivity from the AP capital to Hyderabad and other important cities of Telangana and upgradation of Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati airports as international airports. This is in addition to setting up of premier institutions of national repute in the two successor States.

Apart from this Special Category status is another important issue which was promised on the floor of the house by the then prime minister.

Recently,

The Supreme Court on 2/4/2018 asked the Centre to file its response on a plea seeking direction for proper implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act that led to the bifurcation of the state.

A bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan asked the Centre what it had done in four years since the bifurcation.

"Nearly four years have passed and nothing happened. File your response...," the court said and asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh to file a reply in four weeks.

The plea was filed by Congress member and MLC Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy. He alleged that several provisions of the Act including the set up of a separate High Court for Telangana was not yet implemented.

"Number of the provisions enacted in the Act are not being implemented by the Union of India and various departments/ministries under Union of India. This has been resulting in hardship to several lakh people in both states and the non-implementation of provisions/assurances made in the Act will reduce the confidence on Parliament among the people," the petition stated.

There has been a lot of dissent against the Central government in the state, as the former failed to fulfil several promises that were made to the state, during the recent Union Budget.

"The major provisions which are not/partially implemented are Tenth Schedule - Continuance of Facilities in 107 State Institutions, River Management under Eleventh Schedule, Allotment of Special economic measures and utilization of Infrastructure under Twelfth Schedule, Establishment of Steel Plants in Khammam and Kadapa districts, 4,000 MW Power facility in Telangana, Railway coach factory, Tribal University in Telangana and Andhra, Horticulture University in Telangana and IIT, NIT, IIM, IISER, Central University, Agriculture University, AIIMS etc."

Advocate Sravan Kumar, appearing for Reddy, argued that the non-implementation would erode people's confidence in Parliament.

The Act came into force on June 2, 2014.



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