The second anniversary of Telangana on June 2, 2016 may see the state with 14 new districts and a total of 24 districts, if the TRS government executes its plans in time.
A report in the Deccan Chronicle adds that the government has already directed collectors to furnish details of the current districts, revenue-division-wise and mandal-wise, on availability of infrastructure within a month, while asking them to ensure that each district has at least five to six Assembly constituencies.
The state government on September 28, constituted a committee under the chairmanship of chief secretary Rajiv Sharma to recommend the reorganization of administrative units which include districts, revenue divisions and revenue mandals in the state.
The committee is yet to recommend how many new districts can be created.
"The creation of 14 new districts would require at least an additional 56 All India Service (AIS) officers, including collectors, joint collectors, SPs, ASPs etc. We need to write to the Centre at least six months in advance for allotment of additional AIS officers. For this, we have to complete the process of identifying the boundaries of existing and new districts by January. To meet these deadlines, the collectors were asked to submit the reports within a month," a senior official told DC.
The last district carved in the state was Ranga Reddy in 1978, and the TRS government seemingly wants at least three years before the next elections, so the benefits of newer districts can be seen before the 2019 elections.