Wednesday, August 24, 2016




(సోర్స్ : ఆంధ్ర జ్యోతి )

MINORITY REPORT - More districts to hasten growth in backward areas Syed Amin Jafri

The decks are cleared for forma tion of new districts with the all-party meeting on Saturday endorsing Telangana government's decision to increase the number of districts to hasten the growth and development of backward areas in the state.

This move to reorganize the districts comes almost 32 years after the then government in united AP had taken the revolutionary step to replace taluks with more compact units known as mandals to bring the administration closer to people.

To facilitate the formation of mandals, the AP Districts (Formation) Act, 1974, was amended through Act 14 of 1985 to abolish the taluks and firkas and replace them with mandals. The AP Districts (Formation) Rules 1984 were notified, spelling out the guidelines and procedure for the formation of new districts, revenue divisions and revenue mandals.

Prior to 1984-85, a five-tier revenue administrative set-up consisting of district, revenue division, taluk, firka and revenue village was in vogue. It was replaced by a fourtier system comprising district, revenue division, revenue mandal and revenue village as units. Districts (zillas) were formed for the first time in Telangana in 1865 during the reign of the fifth Nizam Afzal-ud-Daula in the erstwhile Hyderabad state.

There were only eight districts in Telangana till 1930s. Baghat (Hyderabad) district was created in the late 1930s by bifurcating Atraf-eBalda district. After the police action in 1948, Hyderabad district was formed by merging Baghat and Atraf-e-Balda.Khammam district was carved out of Warangal in 1953 and Bhadrachalam division was added to Khammam in 1959 after the formation of then Andhra PradeshState in 1956.

Thus, Telangana comprised 9 districts till August 1978, when Hyderabad district was bifurcated into Hyderabad (urban) and Hyderabad (rural) districts during Dr Marri Channa Reddy's regime. Hyderabad (rural) was named as Rangareddy district, after late K V Ranga Reddy, the former deputy chief minister of AP.

Status quo has prevailed for the last 38 years with no new district being formed in Telangana though more revenue divisions were created after the taluks were reorganized into revenue mandals in 198485. The then government under N T Rama Rao's stewardship created the mandals in place of taluks and firkas in the entire AP. The 110 taluks in Telangana region were replaced with 459 revenue mandals.

The entire exercise of formation of mandals was taken up under the provisions of AP Districts (Formation) Act and Rules and apart from a committee of officials, a cabinet sub-committee was formed to oversee the entire exercise from the issue of draft notifica tions to the final notifi cations.

The formation of mandals was challenged in the HC but was upheld in successive judgements. Before 1981, the 10 districts of Telangana had 28 revenue divisions and the number has since gone up to 42 with the formation of new divisions in the districts. The 10,434 revenue villages come under the 459 revenue mandals in the state.

In fulfilment of the poll promise of TRS to form new districts, the state government appointed an official committee headed by the state chief secretary to draw up the proposals for the formation of new districts. A cabinet sub-committee was also formed to elicit the opinions of state-holders. After the All-party meeting, the government is issuing the draft notification for the formation of a total of 27 districts, 57 revenue divisions and 533 revenue mandals in place of the existing 10 districts, 42 revenue divisions and 459 revenue mandals.

Chief minister KCR has asserted that reorganization of districts, revenue divisions and mandals is being done in a transparent manner by following the provisions of the Districts (Formation) Act and the guidelines and procedure stipulated under the Districts (Formation) Rules.

All related issues pertaining to revenue administration, functioning of other departments, the lower courts, panchayat raj and urban local bodies are being tackled simultaneously. After the publication of preliminary notification, the draft proposals will be displayed at village chavidi, offices of gram panchayat, mandal parishads, zilla parishads and municipal wards, municipal offices and revenue divisional officer, sub-collectorassistant collector and tahsildar's offices (mandal revenue offices) for stakeholders to convey objections and suggestions within 30 days.

After considering the objections and suggestions, the government will issue final notification, paving the way for new districts to come into being by Dasara (October 11).

(The author is an MLC and also a journalist)

(Source- toi)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Judging Telangana

Jun 30 2016 : The Times of India (Hyderabad)

Centre should help complete bifurcation process with a separate high court for Andhra Pradesh. The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh was marked by bitterness which sowed the seeds of suspicion between people.
Unfortunately , it continues to surface repeatedly in the form of friction between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Telangana's judicial functioning has been paralysed this week on account of protests by advocates and subordinate court judges against a provisional list of subordinate court judges released by the states' common high court. They are complaining against a “disproportionate“ number of appointees from Andhra Pradesh, even alleging conspiracy .This is dangerous and the Centre needs to soothe anxieties.
The relevant legislation for bifurcation provided for a common high court till such time a separate institution for Andhra Pradesh is constituted. Given the level of dissatisfaction on both sides over the bifurcation legislation and subsequent squabbles, it is necessary to set up the Andhra court quickly . The Centre should use its good offices to smoothen the process as there is a severe trust deficit between the states. It is not wise to point to technicalities and leave the bifurcation process to just the states and judiciary when the atmosphere is surcharged with tension.
Meanwhile the unseemly sight of Telangana judges striking work injures the citizenry. With the Supreme Court chief justice T S Thakur pointing out that a year ago there were over 31 million cases pending in all high courts and subordinate courts put together, this week's judicial disruption is really hurting the litigants. Chief ministers K C Rao and Chandrababu Naidu need to show statesmanship and the Centre has to play honest broker. The longer the judges protest, the more damage there will be to the social fabric. It is essential to create a separate high court for Andhra Pradesh at the earliest.

(Source- TOI Editorial)

Monday, June 27, 2016

From Courts To Streets, Telangana Judges March For Justice In Hyderabad

From Courts To Streets, Telangana Judges March For Justice In Hyderabad

Hyderabad:  On Sunday, 130 judges in Telangana found themselves on the flipside of the judicial system as they marched the streets of Hyderabad in unison, demanding justice first for themselves.
Junior and senior civil judges and district judges from across 10 districts held a protest march through the city and threatened a mass resignation. They demand that appointments of 200 Andhra Pradesh judges in Telangana’s judiciary last month be scrapped and called it a ‘stepmotherly treatment’ in a letter to the President of Telangana Judges Association, K Ravinder Reddy.
The protesting judges first met at a city hotel, where they handed over their resignations to their federation president and marched to Amaraveerula Stupam, a Telangana martyrs memorial. From there, they set off to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor ESL Narasimhan.
“They kept no vacancy in all cadres of Telangana while keeping vacancies in Andhra Pradesh. Youngest Direct Recruit Officers from Andhra Pradesh were intentionally allocated to Telangana to deprive the promotional prospects of Telangana judges, to rule Telangana judiciary and to protect their men and property. We are also afraid of their future intervention in political and executive administration of Telangana,” said the judges association in a strongly-worded letter.
The letter further said, “We feel we are working under the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and not undet the High Court of both states,” said the strongly worded letter. “So we unanimously resolved not to approach the High Court for redressal on judicial side, orally, as majority in High Court are with biased attitude towards our issue.”
“We cannot work under Andhra judicial rulers, in future,” it added. Quoting CCA rules and code of conduct, the judges however refused to speak to the media. In the last three weeks, advocates and judicial officers have been on strike and the subordinate courts in the state have not functioned since June 6. Even the High Court work was blocked on June 13 after a token boycott by its judges.
The high court registrar had taken a serious view of these disruptions and had written to the government, which in turn, issued instructions on June 22, directing that specific security measures are to be put in place to ensure there is no disruption in the court proceedings.
The Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh has also written to the union minister Mr Kiren Rijiju, seeking his intervention to expedite the process of bifurcation of the High Court and set aside what they called the ‘illegal exercise of option’ followed for allocation of judicial officers in Telangana.
The letter points out that the Andhra Pradesh government was directed by the High Court in May last year to identify location for a permanent high court and administrative and residential quarters for judges within six months. It also said pointed out that the allocation of judicial officers was to happen according to certain guidelines specified by the court in February last year.
The Bar Council has requested the minister to summon chief ministers of both states to sort out the issue.

(Source : Huewire)

Sunday, June 19, 2016