Amidst high tensions across Guntur and Krishna districts, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet presided over by the Chief Minister Jagan has reportedly given green signal to the report submitted by High Power Committee. The 16-membered committee which was constituted to look into the reports submitted by GNR committee and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), an international consultancy firm took the final call of decentralising the administration with three capitals. According to the approved proposal, Andhra Pradesh will now have three capitals with Visakhapatnam as the executive capital, Amaravati a legislative capital and Kurnool will be the judicial capital of the state.
With GNR committee and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), an international consultancy firm submitting their respective reports to the state government which reportedly analysed various aspects of state capital development in Andhra Pradesh, all eyes were on the cabinet meeting. Sources revealed that the cabinet has decided to make this official by holding the Republic Day celebrations in Visakhapatnam on an official note. It is to the known knowledge that, employees of Education and Health departments, GAD, Home Ministry and Irrigation Departments were already instructed to shift their offices to Visakhapatnam. News has it that from January 26th, the offices and secretariat divisions of all the heads of departments are expected to work from the new executive capital.
The crucial decisions taken in today’s cabinet meeting are as follows,
- Administration in the state will be divided into four main zones
- Amaravati Metropolitan Development Authority would take over Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority(APCRDA) constituted by the previous government
- Better packages for Amaravati farmers who gave their lands for the capital development
- Special tenant farming package for 15 years for the Amaravati farmers
- Approval for setting up the High Court in Kurnool
- Setting up 11,000 Rythu Bharosa centres for farmers
- Discussion held over increasing the districts from 13 to 25
- Establishing Pulivendula Urban Development Authority
- Lokayukta inquiry on insider trading in Amaravati
- Pension for farmers’ wages in Amaravati increased to Rs. 5,000