Kautilya Academy 21-01-2020
The Andhra Pradesh assembly
passed the Capital Region Development Authority Repeal Bill 2020 and the AP
Decentralization and Inclusive Development of all Regions Bill 2020, the first
steps the current YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government took in decentralizing
the state’s capital between Amaravati, Visakhapatnam, and Kurnool. Both the
bills were passed late in the night on Monday,
The two bills that have been introduced in the three-day assembly session deal with the decentralization of the state’s capital and to replace the APCRDA with the AMDA. Both are likely to be passed as the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has a majority of 151 in the 175-member assembly. However, it has only nine members in the legislative council, out of 58, while the TDP enjoys a majority of 28 there.
t was followed by the state government setting-up a “high-power committee" to examine the recommendations of the G.N. Rao-led expert committee, after the state cabinet, led by the chief minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy deferred taking a decision to relocate the capital. The decision was deferred given that farmers in Amaravati have been up arms against the decentralization.
Tabling the recommendations of the Siva Rama Krishnan committee (formed by the Centre in 2014 to look into finding a new capital for AP), the chief minister stated that the committee “clearly opposed the construction of super capital in Amaravati region" and that it had suggested to decentralize all the departments and extend the governance to all 13 districts.