The Andhra Pradesh State Assembly passed the Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Repeal Bill, 2021, on Monday, which intends to repeal previous state assembly laws and pave the way for the state’s “three capitals” plan.
The Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Act 2020 and the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development (Repeal) Act 2020 are both repealed by this law.
Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, the state minister for finance, planning, and legislative affairs, proposed the bill in the Assembly, and it was enacted shortly after.
Significantly, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has said that his government would withdraw the earlier-introduced Bill and replace it with a fresh one that is free of faults.
The law enacted by the State Assembly today, interestingly, revives the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Act, 2014 [which was abolished by the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development (Repeal) Act 2020].
According to the bill’s Statement of Objects and Reasons, the government intends to repeal the said Acts in order to allow for further consultations with all stakeholders and to present suitable legislation in the future that addresses all of the concerns of all of the state’s regions in favour of decentralisation.
It also states that the Andhra Pradesh Decentralization and Inclusive Development of All Regions Act, 2020, and the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Repeal Act, 2020, were enacted with the intent of providing for the decentralised and all-round development of all parts of the State of Andhra Pradesh in accordance with the long-cherished promise of the SriBagh Pact, as well as the development of backward areas of the state, including Uttarandhra, and by duly taking upsire
The Statement of Objects and Reasons further states that the aforementioned enactments (since repealed) aimed to safeguard the interests of the former Capital Region’s stakeholders, as defined under the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Act, 2014.
It does, however, note that various complaints and cases have been filed against the aforementioned enactments, including on the grounds of a lack of an adequate opportunity for stakeholders to be heard, as well as some objections raised by certain members of the Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Council with regard to the referral to a Select Committee.
The Andhra Pradesh government said earlier today that it will drop its plan for three capitals and abolish the laws that would have allowed for three capitals in the state.
Subrahmanyam Sriram, the Attorney General for the State of Andhra Pradesh, has notified the High Court of the government’s determination to repeal the controversial legislation.
In essence, these acts suggest that the state be divided into three capitals. The Acts aimed to establish legislative, executive, and judicial capitals in Amaravati, Visakhapatnam, and Kurnool, respectively.
Farmers challenged the Acts at the High Court, and the case was currently being heard before the High Court.