Decentralisation Current Affairs - 2020

Facts Box: “Three Capital Bill” of Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh Government has passed the “Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Equal Development of All Regions Bill”, 2020. The bill paves way for three capitals of the state.

Highlights

The three capitals are Amaravati-legislative capital, Vishakhapatnam-the executive capital and Kurnool-judicial capital. The three-capital system is being adopted by the government of Andhra Pradesh in order to ensure equal development throughout the state. This also aids in decentralization of government. The above cities were selected as capitals for their strategic location to aid decentralization.

Committees

The cities were recommended by the committees namely B N Sri Krishna Committee, G N Rao Committee and K Sivaramakrishnan Committee.

Indian States

There are other states in India with two capitals as well. It includes Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The capitals of Maharashtra are Mumbai and Nagpur. The state holds winter session of the state in Nagpur. Similarly, the capitals of Himachal Pradesh are Shimla and Dharamshala (Winter). The capital of Jammu and Kashmir were Srinagar and Jammu (winter).

Other Countries

The other countries that have multiple capitals include Sri Lanka and Malaysia. In Sri Lanka, Jayawardenepura Kotte is the seat of national legislature and is the official capital and Colombo is the seat of judicial bodies and national executives.

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Union Cabinet gave nod to decentralise chartering arrangements to empower PSUs

Union Cabinet in order to empower state government and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) has approved to decentralise existing chartering arrangements for cargo shipping.

In other words the leasing of cargo ships and its arrangements will be done directly by Centre and State PSUs without any interference by Ministry of Shipping.

This decision to hand over direct chartering to state government departments and PSUs was taken to provide flexibility in taking quick decisions related to their cargo supply and logistic chain operations.

Implications:

  • This step will also add competitiveness between PSUs to deal with other cargo shipping sector players.
  • This step will give flexibility to PSUs to make tailor made solutions for cargo operations.
  • It will promote to increase carrier capacity for cargo transportation due to competition.

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