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Fresh TS-AP row brews over NAC

Fresh TS-AP row brews over NAC
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Fresh TS-AP Row Brews Over NAC. Tussles between the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments seem to have become the order of the day as they cover...

Tussles between the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments seem to have become the order of the day as they cover just about every other issue that crops up.

The latest bone of contention, which is bound to go the distance, revolves around the affairs and role of National Academy of Construction (NAC). The NAC has been in news for several reasons, and most of them for all the wrong ones.

The altercation between the two states climaxed when the Andhra Pradesh government issued GO No 72 for the re-constitution of NAC’s existing body. As per the GO, hereafter, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister will be the chairman of 26-member NAC Governing Body, which also includes the Road & Buildings Minister and the Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada.

In fact, the governing body’s tenure was over on February 19 of this year. Prior to the bifurcation, the Chief Minister of the united State acted as chairman of the body. But now, both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh claim this premier institution as their own given that it still functions as a single entity.

Meanwhile, some dramatic events have unfolded in the recent past. T-employees heckled the Principal Secretary of AP’s R&B Sam Babu, who tried to enter in the capacity of Director-General. Fellow-senior bureaucrat Chandana Khan also drew similar ire. All these reactions are coming because the Andhra Pradesh government is trying to take over the institution.

That is the reason Andhra Pradesh issued a GO in retaliation to the TS. As per the GO, there will be 25 new members, who will effectively replace the incumbent body, which is already living on borrowed time.

TS Minister T Harish Rao has warned N Chandrababu Naidu to be within his democratic limits. He alleged that Naidu was deliberately provoking the Telangana government by resorting to such tactics while wondering how Naidu could become chairman of the institution, which is ‘based and functions for Telangana.’

In the same breath, Rao wanted to know if Naidu was game to have someone from Telangana to head the multi-crore TTD Trust Board. Incidentally, even before the NAC fracas is to settle down one way or the other, there are strong indications that TS will insist on its pound of flesh in the TTD donations, which gets a sizeable portion from Telangana devotees.

What is certain is that the war of words will go on unabated.

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