Special Assembly session on capital issue
The State government is planning to hold a special session of Assembly to discuss the proposal to divide the capital into three. Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy who had proposed three capitals for the State in the winter session of Assembly is seriously contemplating on holding a special session to discuss the issue.
The State government had appointed two committees to study and recommend to the government on the capital development and distribution of development to various districts. An expert committee headed by retired IAS officer G N Rao had already submitted its report and it was also forwarded to a high level committee with finance minister Buggana Rajendranath as chairman.
The other report by the Boston Consulting Group is to reach the state government on January 3, if the sources in the chief minister’s office are to be believed. The Boston Group delegates have already sought appointment with the chief minister and it was confirmed, the sources said.
The G N Rao committee had, besides other recommendations, favoured distribution of capital to the three regions. It wanted executive (Secretariat) capital to be shifted to Visakhapatnam and Judicial (High Court) capital to Kurnool, while retaining Legislative (Assembly) capital in Amaravati.
The chief minister is planning to submit the Boston Group report too to the next cabinet meeting to be held on January 8 and then give it to the high level committee. The high level committee was asked to give its recommendations to the government by third week of January, after studying both the reports.
The chief minister is planning to convene the special session of the Assembly later, after the Republic Day celebrations, and table all the three reports before the House. A decision on the capital is likely to be taken after the discussions in the Assembly, it is said.