It is aimed at developing and regulating ports in the State
The Cabinet has decided to establish a Maritime Board as mandated under the National Maritime Development Policy to develop and regulate ports in the State.
At a meeting here on Wednesday, the Cabinet resolved that such a board was essential since Andhra Pradesh had a 1,000-km long coastline. It approved a draft Bill for introduction in the next session of the Assembly, to set up this board.
Briefing reporters later, Information Minister J. Geetha Reddy said Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu had already established these boards.
She said the Cabinet also approved a draft Bill to amend the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Act to provide reservation to backward classes candidates in the elections to civic body without reference to the “creamy layer” principle and sub-categories in the Government list of BCs. Another draft Bill to replace the Ordinance on regulation of microfinance institutions was also cleared. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah discussed with Ministers at length, the demand of lawyers in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema for establishing High Court benches in their regions but resolved to take the decision on this matter at an appropriate time.
He indicated that the winter session of the Assembly, earlier proposed to commence on November 22, may be deferred as he would have to receive Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on that day during his visit to Puttaparthi to participate in the Satya Sai Baba's birthday celebrations.