President order to set up separate development board for Hyderabad-Karnataka Region

President of India Pranab Mukherjee issued “State of Karnataka (Special Responsibility of Governor for Karnataka-Hyderabad Region) Order, 2013”, allowing the Karnataka Governor to set up a separate development board for the Hyderabad-Karnataka region under Article 371 J of the Constitution. The region includes Gulbarga, Bidar, Raichur, Koppal, Yadgir and Bellary districts. The order has come into effect with immediate effect.

Why a separate Development Board for these Karnataka-Hyderabad region?

There are 6 districts namely Gulbarga, Bidar, Raichur, Koppal, Yadgir and Bellary in the Karnataka-Hyderabad region identified as backward districts and have been given special status in Article 371-J of the Constitution of India (introduced through the Constitution (98th Amendment) Bill, 2012. Under this Article, the President is empowered to entrust the state Governor to establish a separate board to ensure equitable allocation of funds in the state’s budget to meet the development needs of the region. The board will promote employment from the region by providing reservations for local cadres in service; and provide reservation in educational and vocational training institutions to the locals.

What is Article 371-J?

Article 371-J grants special status to 6 backward districts of Hyderabad-Karnataka region to:-

  • Establish a separate Development Board
  • Have a board which will see that appropriate funds are allocated for Development of the region.
  • Have local reservation in education and Government jobs  resident of the given area a

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