New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy launched 13 new districts in the state via video conference on Monday.
Andhra’s new administrative map came into force at a ceremony Monday morning at Tadepalli in Guntur district. The state now has a total of 26 districts.
True to Reddy’s election promise, adding new districts is a key step towards decentralised development of all regions.
Reddy had said in his 2019 campaign that all 25 Lok Sabha constituencies would be separate districts if he came to power.
With this decentralisation, the government aims at “accelerated implementation of schemes, balanced development of all regions, administrative convenience and governance closer to people”.
The government said in a statement: “”With the formation of smaller districts – distance from the district centre to remote and border villages will be reduced… District administration will come closer to the people… Increased accountability as the Government comes closer to people.”
It further said: “District Police Officers and all the other Government Departments including their camp offices will be in the same premises, thus doing away with the hassle of people travelling miles together for their work in different Government offices.”
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