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Updated: November 14, 2013 16:02 IST

Develop backward regions first: CPI (M)

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CPI (M) leaders B.V. Raghavulu and J. Ranga Reddy coming out after a meeting with Group of Ministers in New Delhi on Wednesday.
CPI (M) leaders B.V. Raghavulu and J. Ranga Reddy coming out after a meeting with Group of Ministers in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Party reiterates its united AP stand at GoM meeting

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has said that irrespective of the State being united or divided, there was immediate need to develop backward regions and districts.

CPI (M) State secretary B. V. Raghavulu and floor leader in Assembly J. Ranga Reddy during their brief interaction with the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Wednesday reiterated their united Andhra Pradesh stand. They said that inequalities and uneven growth would not end after bifurcation. In fact, they may intensify after the division and lead to newer forms of regionalism. Union Ministers – S. K.Shinde, M. Veerappa Moily and Jairam Ramesh attended the meeting.

In its three-page submission, the party demanded that the Centre help the State in terms of financial assistance and assured water allocation to ensure completion of projects in drought-prone backward regions.

It sought financial support to complete Handri Neeva, Galeru Nagari, Kalwakurthy and Nettampad, Veligonda, Srisailam Left Bank canal. The CPI (M) urged the Centre to redress the imbalance in allotment of water from Krishna by negotiating with riparian States and to bear the entire cost of Pranahita-Chevella project .

The party said as all the central institutes of education, health and research are concentrated in and around Hyderabad, the CPI (M) leadership wanted similar institutions to be set up in backward regions. Also, educational complexes should be built in agency areas like Paderu, Kurupam, Rampachodavaram, Bhadrachalam, Eturunagaram, Utnoor and Asifabad.

The CPI (M) wanted growth complexes comprising industrial, Information Technology, education and health sectors should be established in North Telangana and Rayalaseema. It wanted gas and coal allocation policy to be revised.

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