SC Seeks Centre’s Reply On PIL On Implementation Of AP Reorganisation Act 2014
A Supreme Court Bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan on Monday sought the Centre’s response on a PIL seeking direction to the government for proper implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014 through which the new state of Telangana was formed.
The bench asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh to file a reply in four weeks.
“Nearly 4 years have been passed and nothing happened. File your response....,” the bench said and posted the petition for hearing after four weeks.
Petitioner P Sudhakar Reddy, Member of Legislative Council and a Congress member, approached the top court alleging that no action has been taken on several provisions of the Act, including setting up a separate high court for the new state of Telangana.
According to the petition, filed through advocate Sravan Kumar, “Number of provisions enacted in the Act has not being implemented by the Union of India and various departments/ministries under Union of India. This is resulting in hardship for lakhs of people in both States and the non-implementation of provisions/assurances made in the Act will reduce the confidence on Parliament among the people.”
The provisions are not/partially implemented/adverse affects due to the implementation of certain provisions of the Act were not addressed by Union of India even after 3 years 8 months of implementation of the Act:
- Separate High Courts for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as per Section 31 of the Act
- Distribution/allocation of Andhra Bhavan as per Section 48 of the Act
- Pension liability as per Section 59
- Distribution of Employees as per Section 77
- Distribution of employees in various public sector corporations as per Section 82
- Apex council for distribution of Krishna-Godavari Water as per Section 84
- Effective functioning of River management boards as per Section 85
- Physical allocation and utilization of water resources as per Section 89
- Avoiding adverse impacts/submergence in Telangana due to Polavaram Project as per Section 90
- Infrastructure and Special Economic measures as under Section 92
- Measures for the progress of the States as per Section 93
- Fiscal Measures and Tax incentives to promote industries in backward areas of both States as per Section 94
- Equal opportunity to the students in Higher education under Section 95
- President of India intervention under Section 108 at the time of difficulties between States
- Seventh Schedule-Fund distribution
- Eleventh Schedule-River Management
- Twelfth Schedule-Distribution of coal, gas and power
- Thirteenth Schedule on the establishment of educational institutions and industries, ports and other infrastructure.