Delhi: Man Climbs A Tower, Demands Special Status Of Andhra Pradesh

| July 27 , 2018 , 18:02 IST

A man climbed to a tower near Metro Bhawan located on Barakhamba Road in Delhi on Friday.

The man who risked his life was holding a banner that read "AP(Andhra Pradesh) Needs Special Status" and '#save Andhra Pradesh'.

Soon police arrived at the spot and were continuously convincing the man to come down. Soon, A fire tender was rushed to the spot. After several efforts by the police, the man has come down.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Madhur Verma told the media, "the man had been sitting there for more than one-and-a-half hours and efforts were being made to bring him down."

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has been raising a political drama on the issue of special status to Andhra Pradesh. TDP had recently withdrawn its ministers from the central government and later walked out of the NDA. It alleged that the Centre had failed to fulfil its "promise" of special category status to Andhra Pradesh.  

During the no-confidence motion debate, TDP's leader Jayadev Galla took on both the UPA and NDA parties "equally responsible" for the bad condition of Andhra Pradesh.

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Special Category Status

The Special Category Status (SCS) is granted by the National Development Council (NDC) to the state in the country that had been historically disadvantaged as compared to others.  

The organization grants this status on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Hilly and difficult terrain 
  2. Low population density
  3. Low resource base 
  4. Strategic location along the borders of the country
  5. Economic and infrastructure backwardness 
  6. Non-viable nature of the state’s finances. 
  7.  A sizable share of tribal population