TS to insist on resolution of pending issues with AP

The State government has decided to persist with the division of assets and liabilities between the two Telugu States in accordance with the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

The State government made this clear to the Union Home Ministry during the recent meeting of the Chief Secretaries of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh convened by it on October 9 to discuss the issues arising out of the Reorganisation Act. The decision comes in the light of AP government’s request for amendments to certain provisions of the Reorganisation Act (Sections 50, 51 and 56 in particular) in respect of the taxation anomalies. The AP government said it would be put to a loss of ₹3,820 crore if necessary amendments in the Act are not made immediately.

Senior officials looking after reorganisation-related issues, however, contended that the neighbouring State was making several such requests in spite of the orders issued by Centre on the definition of headquarters assets. This could be seen from the insistence of AP on division of assets of Singareni Collieries Company Limited between the two States while the entity listed under Schedule IX as well as Schedule XII could not be apportioned on population basis.

Officials are citing the Centre’s communication defining the headquarters which said: “In case of single comprehensive State undertaking (which includes headquarters and the operational units in one common facility) which is exclusively located in or its operations are confined to one local area, it shall be apportioned on the basis of location as per sub-section (1) of Section 53 of the AP Reorganisation Act.” The issue of Schedule X institutions, comprising training institutions/centres like the MCRHRD, too was equally clear wherein Section 75 of the Act states that each of the successor State could only offer facilities/services from these institutions which were geographically located within its territory.

A senior official said there was no truth in the claims of AP that the comments of the State government were awaited in several issues as there was consensus between the two States on 68 out of the 91 issues where difference of opinion arose. Of the remaining 23 issues, agreement was so far not arrived in respect of power utilities and corporations like the Aviation Corporation where a consensus could not be reached over the apportionment of insurance claims. One case pertaining to the Water Resources Development Corporation was pending adjudication by the High Court.

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