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Supreme Court Seeks Centre’s Reply To PIL On Implementation Of AP Reorganisation Act 2014

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| April 2 , 2018 , 13:17 IST

The Supreme Court hearing a petition on Monday sought the response of the Centre in 4 weeks regarding the proper implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014 through which Telangana had been formed as an independent state.

A Supreme Court bench of AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh to file the Centre's reply in 4 weeks.

“Nearly 4 years have been passed and nothing happened. File your response….,” the bench said, posting the petition for hearing after four weeks.

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The petitioner, Congress leader and Member of Legislative Council P Sudhakar Reddy approached the Supreme Court, alleging that no action had been taken on several provisions of the act.

According to the petition, “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.”

Andhra Pradesh ruling TDP party and Opposition YSR Congress have been conducting extensive protests demanding a Special Category Status for the state as promised during the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The protests increased after the Union Budget was presented in February 2018 and a special package for Andhra Pradesh was missing. TDP head and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu pulled out of the NDA alliance after the demands for special status were not met.