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.