Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member K V P Ramachandra Rao on Friday demanded that the Centre bring out a status report on the implementation of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 and promises made by the then UPA government while passing the bill in Parliament.
KVP dashed off a letter to President of India Pranab Mukherjee asking for the inclusion of the status report in the Presidential Address to the joint session of Parliament scheduled to commence from January 31, 2017 “to uphold dignity of the Parliament and safeguard the belief of common people in the Indian Parliamentary System.”
He said though the bifurcation of combined AP was done against the wishes of the Seemandhra people, they remained silent as they were hoping that the promises made and assurances given in the Act and in the Parliament to compensate loss occurred to them due to the bifurcation of the State, would come into a reality.
“But after seeing the progress in the implementation of promises and assurances made to Andhra Pradesh, the common people particularly youth and students, were emotionally upset and unrest is growing in their mind thinking that they were betrayed once again by the Government of India and they are losing faith in our parliamentary system of democracy,” he said.
He pointed out 10 major promises made in Parliament that include: Special Category Status to AP, completion of Polavaram National Project by 2018, special economic packages for backward Rayalaseema and Uttarandhra Districts on the same lines of Kalahandi-Balangir, Bundelkhand, building a new capital city, distribution of assets, fulfilling the resource gap of year 2014-15, development of Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor, separate railway zone, major port at Dugarajapatnam and steel plant at YSR Kadapa District.
None of above major promises were implemented by the GOI except releasing part of resource gap and nominal funds for the Polavaram project, he said.