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‘North Coastal Andhra is backward too'

Special Correspondent

Representations submitted to Justice Srikrishna panel

— Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Warm welcome: Justice B.N. Srikrishna being received at Pinagadi village in Visakhapatnam district.

VISAKHAPATNAM: How North Coastal Andhra has remained underdeveloped is the most important point that Justice Srikrishna Committee has observed during its visit to Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts since Wednesday.

This aspect would get attention of the Committee, said its Member-Secretary V.K. Duggal at a press conference that Justice B. N. Srikrishna addressed along with other members at the conclusion of the visit here on Friday.

Justice Srikrishna said while preparing its report the Committee will take social considerations, history of the region and other aspects into view.

Two villages in each district have been selected on the basis of their backwardness or prosperity for the Committee members to elicit the opinion of the villagers on the issue of bifurcation of the State or keeping it united.

Natural resources

Among the varied opinions submitted by organisations and associations, there was also a demand to create a tribal State. There were suggestions on how the natural resources could be shared in a unified State or if the State was divided.

Most of those who met the Committee were in favour of a unified AP but their concern over the neglect the region had faced since Independence was more prominent. Almost every organisation highlighted the backwardness of the region and wanted special package or other forms of help to North coastal Andhra. There was concern over the ill-effects of the major industries, thermal and atomic power plants, bauxite mining and other activities being proposed in the region. Students also raised the need to create a separate railway zone for this backward area.

Lack of time

Due to lack of time, the committee could not hear about one-third of those who secured entry passes for the meeting.

Answering a question whether the results of the byelections in 12 Assembly constituencies in Telangana would have an impact on the Committee's report, Justice Srikrishna said, “Why count the chicks before the eggs are hatched”.

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