Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today agreed to appoint an Additional Secretary (A.K.Singh) in his ministry as the Nodal Officer for coordinating with AP and Telangana and concerned central ministries for speedy implementation of the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act. A team of officers led by A.K. Singh will be visiting Hyderabad on 20th March to hold discussions with both the Chief Secretaries to resolve the pending issues.
In addition Union Home Minister agreed in certain cases pending issues can be resolved by using removal of difficulty orders in the APR Act and has directed his officers to expedite the matter in this regard also. He also assured the delegation that he will discuss the issue of Special Category status with the Finance Minister Arun Jaitely
He make these promises when a BJP delegation from Andhra Pradesh meet him insisting to speed up implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act,2014 in its entirety and for helping the successor state of Andhra Pradesh in view of the problems being faced by the state after bifurcation.
On the request of Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, the Home Minister held detailed discussion with a BJP delegation led by Andhra Pradesh Unit President K HariBabu in the office of Naidu.
Venkaiah Naidu said that the state is facing several problems having lost substantial revenue and resource base to Hyderabad and the new state of Telangana. Naidu urged Rajnath Singh to ensure that the Home Ministry to take a more pro-active role in ensuring early implementation of the Act which will benefit both the states.
Non-inclusion of Special Category status for Andhra Pradesh in the Reorganisation Act by the then UPA Government , subsequent demands for similar status, Congress leaders speaking in different voices in this regard also came in for discussion during the meeting.
Delegation has pointed out to the Union Home Minister that the Congress is resorting to cheap tactics and carrying out a disinformation campaign.
The BJP delegation comprised of Ministers Dr.Kamineni nivas, Manikyala Rao, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh G.Ganga Raju MP Challapalle Narasimha Reddy, Bhanu Prakash Reddy, Smt Santha Reddy , Ramboophla Reddy, Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Parthasarathi , K.Satyanarayana Raju MLC, Ramakrishna Reddy , Ankal Reddy, Ramesh Naidu, NT Chodwary, Smt Uma & Sunil Isaka that met the Union Ministers.