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Kiran Reddy seeks status of Art. 371D

DC | N. Vamsi Srinivas | 10th Oct 2013

Hyderabad: The state government has decided to seek a clarification from the Union ministry of home affairs on the status of Article 371D of the Constitution consequent to the Centre’s decision to bifurcate the state.

Article 371D confers special powers on the state of Andhra Pradesh to provide for equitable opportunities and facilities for people belonging to different parts of the state in the matter of public employment and education.

The government’s decision is a fallout of Wednesday’s talks between Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and striking employees from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.

In a strategic move, the Chief Minister tried to push the Centre to spell out its stand clearly on the special provision, which supporters of a unified state view as the ultimate weapon to throw the
division into a legal tangle.

Kiran Kumar Reddy asked chief secretary P.K. Mohanty to write to the Union home ministry bringing to its notice all the apprehensions of employees on the status of the highly critical Article.

“The employees expressed their fears about the special status (371D) getting affected due to the division. The government will ask employees to express their views in writing and the same will be posed to the Centre,” a source said.
 

 

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T.KRISHNARAO's picture
by T.KRISHNARAO (not verified) on
The article is so rigid that it makes so difficult to divide the state under the political pressure. the central govt to decide twice before taking any hasty decision with out reading the article 371D of the constitution .
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by A.Ramakrishna (not verified) on
It was mentioned in the Cabinet Note that Article 371D would need to be amended or repealed based on the decision of the GoM. So, the issue of Article 371D should be settled first before proceeding further on the bifurcation of the State.

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