Dasara gift: Telangana to have 21 new districts today; total goes to 31

Written by | October 11, 2016 | 0

Hyderabad: As many as 21 new districts would come into existence in Telangana on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami on Tuesday. With these, the total number of districts in the state would go up to 31.

Telangana, which came into existence on June 2, 2014 as the 29th State of India, started out with 10 districts. The reorganisation of districts has been taken up for better administration, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said.

The administration should have up to date information on the districts and their residents over the implementation of various Government programmes as the total population in each of them would only be in lakhs, he said. The inauguration of the new districts would be a grand event on Tuesday with the Assembly Speaker, ministers and other government functionaries attending the events in each of them.

Rao would attend the inauguration of Siddipet district, carved out of Medak, his home turf, according to the list of VIPs proposed for inauguration of new districts provided by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in a release.

The new districts are Siddipet, Jangaon, Jayashankar, Jagtial, Warangal (Rural), Yadadri, Peddapally, Kamareddy, Medak, Mancherial, Vikarabad, Rajanna, Asifabad, Suryapet, Kothagudem, Nirmal, Wanaparthy, Nagarkurnool, Mahabubabad, Jogulamba and Medchal/Malkajgiri, the CMO release said.

In the single biggest decision that will change the contours of Telangana districts since the state’s formation in 2014, the TRS government is all set to formally unveil 21 new districts on Dasara on Tuesday . This will take the number of districts in the state from 10 to 31. The formal event and festivities will be kicked off by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Siddipet, a new district carved out of Medak.Irrigation minister T Harish Rao, who represents Siddipet assembly constituency , has been overseeing preparations for mega celebrations.

At the stroke of 11.13 am, the chief minister will announce the formation of Siddipet district. His cabinet colleagues and others will do likewise in the districts they have been assigned to inaugurate.
In an indication that all decisions with regard to district reorganization have been done and dusted, the CM left for his farmhouse in Erravelli in Medak district, about 50 km from Siddipet town, on Monday afternoon.

In-charge ministers of the existing districts, from which new ones are being carved out, have been asked to inaugurate the new entities. Assembly speaker S Madhusudhana Chary, deputy speaker Padma Devender Reddy , Legislative Council chairman Swamy Goud and deputy chairman of State Planning Board S Niranjan Reddy have also been asked to do the inauguration honours.

Before leaving for his farmhouse, Chandrasekhar Rao held a series of meetings with chief secretary Rajiv Sharma to finalise list of district collectors and superintendents of police. Orders related to staff transfer and posting have been prepared and sent to the district offices so that they would come into force immediately after the issue of final notification on the reorganization of districts.

The notification is expected to be issued at 10.30 am on Tuesday . Apart from posting orders, the state government also readied orders to rationalize the staff pattern in the districts. “The basic idea is to take the administration closer to the last man. At the same time, we have initiated administrative reforms to rationalize departments and increase productivity of existing manpower.

We are planning to have all department offices on the same premises so that people need not run around to get their grievances resolved. The whole process is set to transform the governance,” chief secretary Rajiv Sharma told TOI. New mandals have been formed, police circles and sub-divisions also created to improve the delivery of services to the common man, he added.
More than 37 IAS and 41 IPS officers are set to receive transfer orders on Tuesday morning as part of the massive reorganization exercise. The chief secretary held a meeting with prospective collectors of new districts to brief them about the focus areas.






PTI/Krishna Prasad (TNN

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