The Hush Post| 14:57 pm |two-minute-read
The central government has given its consent to the renaming of 25 towns and cities across India in the past one year. Among the pending proposals is one for the renaming of West Bengal.
Allahabad and Faizabad are the latest additions to the growing list of places that have been renamed. Many proposals, including the renaming of West Bengal as ‘Bangla’, are pending with the central government. The process is long-drawn with the involvement of many central ministries and departments.
Some of the name change proposals which have been approved are: Rajahmundry as Rajamahendravaram in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh; Outer Wheeler as A P J Abdul Kalam Island, situated in Bhadrak district of Odisha; Arikkod as Areekode in Malappura district of Kerala; Pindari as Pandu-Pindara in Jind district of Haryana; and Samphur as Sanphure in Kiphire district of Nagaland.
The renaming of a state requires amendment of the Constitution with a simple majority in Parliament
Other renaming proposals approved by the ministry are Landgewadi to Narsinhagaon in Sangali district of Maharashtra; Garhi Sampla as Ch. Sir Chhotu Ram Nagar in Rohtak district of Haryana; Khatu Kalan village as Bari Khatu in Nagour district of Rajasthan; Mihgawan Chhakka and Mihgawan Tilia as Mihgawan Sarkar and Mihgawan Ghat respectively in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh and Shukratal Khadar as Sukhtirth Khadar and Shukratal Bangar as Sukhtirth Bangar in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh.
However, a proposal to change the name of Kacharigaon to Phevima in Nagaland was rejected by the home ministry.
The renaming of a state requires amendment of the Constitution with a simple majority in Parliament. For changing the name of a village or town, an executive order is needed.
On Thursday, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said the state government was considering renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati and the name change could be effected before next year’s Lok Sabha elections.
BJP leader Raja Singh said on Thursday that the party would “aim” to rename Hyderabad and other cities in the state after the names of great people if it is elected to power in Telangana after the forthcoming assembly polls.