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Andhra to set up regional development boards for Telangana

Andhra Pradesh Govt decides to set up boards for Telangana, Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra, reports Ashok Das.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2007 18:54 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das

Taking cognizance of the backwardness of certain regions, which has fuelled the demand for separate statehood, Andhra Pradesh government has decided to set up the regional development boards forTelangana, Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra.

"My government is fully committed not only for the balanced regional development but also for development in all the districts. My government proposes to appoint regional development boards to address these issues." Governor Rameshwar Thakur told the State assembly on Monday.

Without mentioning Telangana, he said that in spite of all the care take by the successive governments, there still existed a feeling among some sections of people that some regions had remained less developed than other regions. Often within the same district also, there were vacancies in the levels of development and growth.

The Governor said that several ameliorative steps had been initiated by creating a new department called Remote and Interior Areas development Department in order to coordinate the key developmental activities in interior areas.

"The emphasis is to build up infrastructure and provide employment to all employable youth. The issue is also being effectively handled from the law and order point of view by weaning the youth away from the extremist path. A proactive surrender and rehabilitation policy for naxalites, coupled with a reassurance policy demonstrates a humane approach towards the repentant naxalites and their victims alike," he added.

First Published: Feb 12, 2007 18:54 IST