Highlights

  • State Cabinet endorses High Power Committee report
  • Amaravati MDA to replace CRDA

Vijayawada: The State Government approved the High Power Committee (HPC) report during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy here on Monday.

Based on HPC the recommendations, key issues like decentralisation of development, farmer’s concerns, employee issues, insider trading of Amaravati lands and CRDA amendment were all discussed.

The Cabinet has decided to increase ex-gratia being paid to the farmers of the capital region from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 per month. It approved the proposal to extend the tenancy limit for fifteen years to farmers who gave up their lands for the capital city construction. It also cleared establishment of Amaravati Metropolitan Development Authority, which will effectively replace CRDA. Further, the Cabinet agreed to establish over 11,000 Farmer Assistance Centres (Rythu Barosa Kendram) across the State.

The Cabinet gave nod to the three capitals proposal whereupon Visakhapatnam will be the Executive capital; Kurnool Judicial Capital and Amaravati the Legislative Capital.

In addition to decentralisation and CRDA amendment bills, the State government agreed upon offering better packages to farmers of the Amaravati region. The Cabinet meeting lasted an hour.

BAC meets

Soon after the Cabinet meeting, Speaker Thammineni Seetharam chaired a Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting.

It was attended by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, Chief Whip Srikanth Reddy, and Atchannaidu from Telugu Desam Party. It was decided that the Assembly sessions will be held for three days and two bills would be tabled.

Finance & planning minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy on Capital shifting: 
 
There are two reasons for consideration of the decentralisation bill.
 
We are proposing to establish zones.
 
Local zones will ease administration.
 
Zonal development boards will be established.
 
To recommend and accelerate the development
 
Amaravati Metropolitan Region will carry legislative functions of state and hence it is legislative capital.
 
Executive functions will be carried from Vishakapatnam metropolitan region and hence it is executive capital.
 
Judicial functions will be carried from Kurnool Urban Development Authority and hence it will become Judicial capital.
 
 
 

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