KCR justifies plan for new districts

Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao explained the concept of and procedure for creation of new districts to his party leaders on Wednesday. At the TRS Legislature Party meeting, Rao sought suggestions from his party leaders, ministers, MLAs, MLCs amd MPs.

The governmenet will conduct an all-party meeting in July to elicit their views before publishing the draft notification on new districts.

Rao said there were 683 districts in the country for a 125-crore population, at an average of 18.3 lakh population per district. The geographical area of the country is 30 lakh sq km and each district has an average area of 4.392 sq km.

In the case of Telangana, the state has a population of around 3.60 crore but only ten districts, the average district population being 36 lakh. The geographical area of TS is 1.14 lakh sq km and the average area of each district was 11,000 sq km.

“That is why the state government embarked on reorganising the districts for the convenience of people and better administration,” he explained.

Rao said the government proposed 14 new districts and 74 new mandals. Each district will have 20 mandals on an average. “The mandals near a district headquarters will be merged with that district,” Rao said.

“There is no rule that one Assembly constituency should be located in one district alone. One Assembly constituency may be spread over two or three districts.”

Rao further said that reorganisation of districts was a continuous process in most of the states except Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. New districts were needed to get more Navodaya and Kendriya Vidyalayas from the central government, he said and directed the ministers and MLAs to prepare development plans for new districts which would start functioning from Dasara.

“You should not bother about criticism by the opposition on reorganisation of districts. We have to take care of the public and look into their convenience,” Rao said.

Source: New Indian Express

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