The Indian parliament’s lower house, Lok Sabha, has justified a controversial state reorganization bill after prolonged inconclusive deliberations from the ruling coalition partners of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), and the principal opposition party, which has been pushing the government to go through the separation of geographical and administrative boundaries of Andhra and Telangana. The term “controversial” here has everything to say as common sense approach makes one wonder why, after giving a thumbs up to the state reorganization bill in the Lok Sabha, the principal opposition party is pressing hard for some alterations in the “voted” bill. As the constitution says, and rightly so, if a bill, finance bill or appropriation bill, is subjected to even minor deviation in Rajya Sabha the bill has to be sent back to Lok Sabha for reconsideration though the changes adopted from the originally passed bill in Lok Sabha are not binding on it. Lok Sabha has thus been given upper hand in matters related to consolidated fund of India and any tax appropriation laws.
Civil services aspirants can see the point here, which is a question at personality test conducted by the commission. The constitutional framework that is live and running today had taken a firm ground that even if Rajya Sabha amends some versions of a money bill under any of the articles 108, 109, 110, 111 and 117 and gets it passed with any quantum of majority it is not mandatory on the part of Lok Sabha to accept the changes adopted by Rajya Sabha and the bill then is sent to President’s assent for gazette notification. The period set for Rajya Sabha for its consent of Lok Sabha approved bill is fourteen days
24, February 2014. The news is finally clear as the Rajya Sabha didn’t amend AP state reorganization bill 2013 and the bill is pending President’s approval. Andhra Pradesh was the first of its kind reorganizations and it will consist of only thirteen districts with few additions from Khammam -which belongs to Telangana in the present bill – as part of arrangement for Polavaram National Multipurpose project. Andhra Pradesh has been given special state category, subject to the approval by the National Development Council, for starting any important investor-friendly ventures. Meanwhile, it is learnt that the central committee will visit state and identify suitable locations for capital city after verifying government land availability and studying quality of basic civic amenities available and infrastructure required. The second destination after Hyderabad, port city Visakhapatnam holds promise as the future industry destination and Vijayawada-Guntur sets its sight on capital city status.