Rayalaseema Parirakshana Samithi (RPS) president Byreddy Rajasekhar Reddy and activists will observe “protest day” against non-implementation of the Shribagh Pact and stage dharna at Indira Park at Hyderabad on Friday, RPS general secretary and former MLC M. Venkatasiva Reddy told newsmen here.
The Shribagh Pact signed 75 years ago, under the leadership of eminent persons like Kadapa Koti Reddy and Gadicherla Harisarvothama Rao, stipulated establishment of universities in Anantapur and Waltair; utmost priority to Rayalaseema region in sharing Krishna and Tungabhadra waters; and setting up the State capital in Rayalaseema region and High Court in Circar area, Mr. Reddy told a news conference here.
The agreement was signed to safeguard the interests of Rayalaseema region as its people were averse to joining the coastal Andhra region way back, the RPS general secretary said. However, due to non-implementation of the agreement, gross injustice was meted out to Rayalaseema region since the formation of the State in 1956.
Moreover, Kolar district, which had 51 p.c. of Telugu-speaking people, and Bellary having 54 per cent of Telugu people, were delinked from Rayalaseema, he lamented.
Out of 811 tmc. of irrigation water allocated to the State, Krishna, Guntur and West Godavari districts in coastal Andhra were allocated a lion’s share of 377 tmc., Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda in Telangana region got 280 tmc. and Rayalaseema region comprising four districts and Nellore district were together allocated a meagre 122 tmc., contrary to the Shribagh Pact, he said.