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Venkaiah hints at changes to AP Reorganisation Act

Venkaiah hints at changes to AP Reorganisation Act
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Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said the NDA government would bring amendments to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act-2014, after arriving at a “broad consensus” between all stakeholders, including the two state governments.

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Hyderabad: Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said the NDA government would bring amendments to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act-2014, after arriving at a “broad consensus” between all stakeholders, including the two state governments. This will be done primarily to address the shortcomings found in the implementation of the Act, he said.

Venkaiah also indicated that the Centre may take up the issue of introducing amendments to the Reorganisation Act during the forthcoming budget session of Parliament. He said: "Regarding amendments in the AP Reorganisation Act-2014, we will talk to both the state governments (AP and Telangana) and elected representatives on various issues and move forward. Informal talks happened recently on issues like the number of seats of Legislative Council and employees' division," Venkaiah said. "Only after a broad consensus on various issues, the Central government will take up the amendments," he said.

Asked if the amendments would be introduced in the forthcoming Parliament session, he said, "On some issues it might come...Based on the duration of the budget session."

According to Venkaiah, there will be discussions on new Bills and Ordinances in the Budget session of Parliament. The Prime Minister has called for a meeting of different ministries on Monday and he will inquire the ministers on what Bills they seek to introduce, he said.

Venkaiah, however, was non-committal on amendments to the AP Reorganization Act.

Responding to a query, he said that it has to be seen whether there will be sufficient space and duration for introducing amendments to the AP Reorganisation Bill during the Budget Session.

The Union Minister appreciated the resolution of a dispute related to Nagarjuna Sagar waters by the Chief Ministers of AP and Telangana. "Both the Chief Ministers should sort out the differences. The focus should be on development and the Centre would extend all its support to both the states," he said.

To a query whether TRS is holding talks on joining the Central government, Naidu clarified, "They are all rumours. There was no such discussion either with me or (Prime Minister ) Modiji. Both TRS and BJP are different political parties." Asked about the demand for Special Category status to Andhra Pradesh, Venkaiah said, "It is under consideration of the Centre. Certain issues are being worked out."

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