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The dispute over payment of power dues between the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh....

  • The Telangana High Court has quashed the Centre's order directing the State government to pay around ₹6,750 crore power dues to Andhra Pradesh.

  • The High Court has given the two State governments the liberty to take recourse to remedy available in law.

  • The dispute over payment of power dues between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh has been pending for a long time.

  • The Andhra Pradesh government argues that Telangana should pay ₹3,441.78 crore in principal and ₹3,315.14 crore late payment surcharge for the power supplied to it post bifurcation.

  • The Telangana government claims that its power utilities should receive around ₹17,828 crore from Andhra Pradesh.

  • The Telangana government presented papers in support of its contention during a virtual meeting convened by the Union Home Ministry.

  • The total receivables from Andhra Pradesh power utilities were ₹17,420 crore, while dues payable to APGENCO were ₹4,887 crore, leaving a balance of ₹12,532 crore receivable by Telangana.

  • The Andhra Pradesh government approached the Union Power Ministry regarding the issue of power dues between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

  • The Union Power Minister stated that the Centre had directed the Andhra Pradesh government to supply electricity to Telangana after the bifurcation.

  • Telangana initially made payments for the power supplied but later stopped and went to court when asked to pay the dues.

  • The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 empowered the Centre to enforce its directions.

  • The Union Power Ministry is in consultation with the Union Finance Ministry to deduct the amount owed to Andhra Pradesh from the accounts of the Telangana government.

  • The Telangana government questioned why the Centre remained silent on other unresolved issues since the bifurcation.

  • The issue of power dues was discussed in bilateral meetings and meetings of the Southern Zonal Council.

  • Telangana is willing to settle the issue but wants its own dues to be taken into consideration.

  • Andhra Pradesh power utilities have approached the National Company Law Tribunal and filed a writ petition in the Telangana High Court regarding power dues.

  • Telangana government is open to settlement if Andhra Pradesh agrees to do so out of court, but rejects partial settlement.

  • Telangana power utilities accuse Andhra Pradesh power utilities of making decisions without considering the advice of the southern regional load dispatch centre.

  • Telangana government claims that Andhra Pradesh power utilities are not considering requests to settle disputes at the state level and are avoiding settlement.

  • Mediation to settle power dues could be a major step towards resolving other pending bifurcation issues between the two states.

  • The deadline for settling issues, as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, is less than a year away.

Tive by the Centre to deploy officers to showcase the government's achievements through a roadshow. It raises concerns about the politicization ofhe recent direct the bureaucracy and the military, which goes against the principles of India's constitutional scheme of governance.

  • The Centre has launched a roadshow called Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra to showcase its achievements from the last nine years.

  • The roadshow will run from November 20 to January 25, 2024, and is conveniently timed for the Lok Sabha election expected in April-May 2024.

  • Joint Secretaries, Directors, and Deputy Secretaries will be appointed Rath Prabharis (chariots in-charge) for the roadshow.

  • The Ministry of Defence is setting up 822 'selfie points' where citizens can take pictures with a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

These selfie points will be set up at prominent locations with maximum footfall and the potential to attract public attention.

  • Opposition parties, including Congress, have criticized the government for politicizing the bureaucracy and the military.

  • India's constitutional scheme of governance separates power among the executive, judiciary, and legislature, and also separates the bureaucracy and military from the political executive.

  • The bureaucracy and military are strictly under the control of the political executive but are insulated from partisan politics.

  • The extensive election process in India has retained credibility due to bureaucratic impartiality.

  • The military's involvement in domestic politics is considered unacceptable.

  • Civil and military officials are expected to remain loyal to the government elected by the citizens, regardless of personal ideology.

  • The BJP's strategy of disregarding norms for electoral gains has been successful but will leave behind damage that may be irreversible.

  • If institutions are undermined, the damage may be irreversible.

  • It is important for the ruling party to prioritize the interests of the nation and practice what it preaches.

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