Telangana forms panel on creating four more districts

Hyderabad, Oct 4 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday constituted a high-power committee to consider the demand for creating four new districts.

The committee will be headed by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) General Secretary and Rajya Sabha member K. Keshava Rao and it has been asked to submit its report by October 7, said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.

The committee also includes Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mehmood Ali, ministers Jagdish Reddy, P. Srinivas Reddy and Jogu Ramanna as members.

The committee will study the demands from public representatives and people for creating four new districts.

The government last month issued draft notification for creating 17 new districts and sought people’s suggestions.

There are strong demands for creating Jangaon district in Warangal, Sircilla in Karimnagar, Gadwal in Mahabubnagar and Asifabad in Adilabad.

These districts witnessed protests by local leaders of all political parties and shutdowns over last few weeks.

If the government concedes the demand for creating four more districts, this will take the total number of districts in India’s youngest state to 31.

The government plans to issue final notification this week so that the new districts come into existence from Dussehra.

The Chief Minister said new districts were being created for administrative convenience and better and transparent governance.

He feels smaller districts make it easy for the government to ensure better implementation of welfare schemes.

He has been holding consultations with leaders from various districts. The Chief Minister made it clear that he would not like to make any section of people unhappy over the process of reorganisation of districts and hence there will be no problem in creating a few more districts.



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