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'Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh' will be established in Relli village of Vizianagaram district.
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The Union cabinet on Thursday approved setting up of 'Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh'. It will be established in Relli village of Vizianagaram District. The proposed university will come up after necessary amendment in the Central Universities Act, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. 

"The 'Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh' will be set up in Relli village of Vizianagaram District as provided under the 13th Schedule to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. Cabinet has also approved the provision of funds of Rs 420 crore for the first phase expenditure towards the establishment of the Central Tribal University," the government said in its statement.

Earlier this week, alleging inaction by the Centre, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet cleared three major proposals including the decision to set up a steel plant in the state's Kadapa district, which was assured in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.  

The cabinet also decided to go ahead with the Metro Rail in Visakhapatnam, another long-pending proposal, under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode, besides allotting close to 2,400 acres of land to the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) to develop a mega industrial park in Prakasam district. 

Earlier this year, the Centre withdrew its decision to establish a steel plant in Kadapa, a long-pending demand in the state, claiming that the project was financially unviable. 

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu himself has repeatedly alleged that the Centre was being unfair to the state and was meting out injustice. He has also cited the Centre’s ‘failure’ to grant Special Category Status (SCS) to the state, a promise that was made on the House of the Parliament during the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Naidu and his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in March this year, citing the same reasons and also moved a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha against the central government.

(With inputs from IANS)