Uttarandhra Rakshna Vedika picks holes in committee recommendations

Uttarandhra Rakshna Vedika has taken strong exception to Justice Srikrishna Committee totally ignoring north Andhra region in its report and demanded Visakhapatnam be made capital of Seemandhra if the State were to be bifurcated.

Asking the Central government to modify the report to create four regional development boards instead of the suggested three, vedika president S. Siva Sankar said at a press conference here on Thursday that during former Chief Minster Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy's regime, the State government had created four boards including one specially for north Andhra region.

Pointing out at the inconsistencies and disparities in the committee report, the vedika said that if the first three options could not be implemented there was no need to discuss about them and as suggested in the sixth choice, which according to the panel was the best/first option, statutory constitutional status should be given to north Andhra region also along with Telangana with a development package.

Injustice was meted out to north Andhra region during formation of Orissa in 1936, formation of Andhra Pradesh in 1956 and now again Srikrishna panel does not consider any kind of special attention on the region, which was not acceptable to people here, he added.

Student JAC view

Its women's wing convener N. Lalitha Kumari and vedika vice-president P. Ravi Kumar were also of the view that uncertainty still prevailed in the entire process, while the panel was to give a certain direction.

Meanwhile, the Student Joint Action Committee State convener Adari Kishore said that they were in favour of a unified Andhra Pradesh with four Regional Development Boards. The Student JAC also proposed to have consultations with the MIM Party in Hyderabad on January 10. The division of the State should not be based on the agenda of one or more political parties, he observed.

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