STATEMENT issued by the leaders of Andhra Pradesh on September 21, 1973.
We have had several discussion with Central leaders as well as amongst ourselves on the problems facing the people of Andhra Pradesh. We are satisfied that the present misgivings about the future of the State can be completely removed on action being taken in accordance with following principles.
* 1. Accelerated development of the backward areas of the State and planned development of the State capital with specific resources earmarked for these purposes and appropriate association of Representatives of such Backward areas in the Legislature along with other experts in the formulation and monitoring of development schemes for such areas should from the essential part of the development strategy of the State. Constitution at the State level of a Planning Board as well as Sub-Committees for different backward areas should be the appropriate instrument for achieving this objective.
* 2. Institution of uniform arrangements throughout the State enabling adeqaute preference being given to local candidates in the matter of admission to educational institutions and establishment of a new Central University at Hyderabad to augment the existing educational facilities, should be the basis of the educational policy of the State.
* 3 Subject to the requirements of the State as a whole, local candidates whould be given preference to specified extent in the matter of direct recruitment to (i) non-gazetted posts (other than in the Secretariat, Offices of Heads of Department, other State Level offices and institutions and the Hyderabad City Police) (ii) Corresponding posts under the local bodies and (iii) the posts of Tahsildar, Junior Engineers and Civil Assistant Surgeons.
In order to improve their promotion prospects, service cadres should be organised to the extent possible on appropriate local basis up to speicified gazetted level, first or second, as may be administratively convenient.
* 4. A high power administrative tribunal should be constituted to deal with the grievances of services regarding appointments, seniority, promotion and other allied matters. The decisions of the Tribunal should ordinarily be binding on the State Government. The constitution of such a tribunal would justify limits on recouse to judiciary in such matters.
* 5. In order that implementation of measures based on the above principles does not give rise to litigation and consequent uncertainty, the Constitution should be suitably amended to the extent necessary, conferring on the President enabling powers on this behalf.
* 6. The above approach would render the continuance of Mulki Rules and Regional Committee unnecessary.
We are convinced that accelerated development of the backward areas and planned development of the State capital are the major factors which will help in successfully implementing the above principles.
We would, therefore, urge upon the Central Government to take a generous view in the matter of financial assistance to the State for the development of these areas.