KADAPA: Observing that both Rayalaseema and north coastal Andhra are lagging behind in terms of development in all sectors, former minister and Rayalaseema Hakkula Aikya Vedika (RHAV) president TG Venkatesh stressed the need for developing both the regions.
There is need for dividing the seven districts in the two regions (four in Rayalaseema and three in north coastal Andhra) into 14 districts for administrative convenience and also to ensure equal development in all parts of the regions, he said.
Speaking to newsmen in Proddatur on Sunday, Venkatesh found fault with the Union government for failing to accord Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh. He said that Andhra Pradesh will face serious hurdles if the Centre fails to accord to SCS. Raising his voice for Rayalaseema, he sought the state government to use the funds generated through the auction of red sanders logs, which are available only in Rayalaseema, for the development of the region itself.
Announcing that a meeting would be organised in Kurnool on May 16 to discuss the problems of Rayalaseema region, he wanted all those interested in the development of the region to make it a success.