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
New Delhi: In the past one year, the Centre had given consent to renaming at least 25 towns and villages across India.
These proposals are considered by the home ministry according to the existing guidelines, which includes thorough consultations with agencies concerned. It is then that the ministry gives consent to the change of name of any place.
However, before changing a name, 'no-objection' certificates must be obtained from the Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts and Survey of India are taken. These organisations confirm that there is no existing town or village in their records with a name similar to the proposed one.
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.
The latest addition to the list of placing with changed names is Allahabad and Faizabad to Prayagraj and Ayodhya, respectively. However, the ministry is yet to receive a proposal from the Uttar Pradesh government.
Some other places, which had their names changed are: Rajahmundry as Rajamahendravaram in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh; Outer Wheeler as APJ 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.
There are other places, including West Bengal, which has proposed to change the names. They 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 MihgawanÂ Tilia as Mihgawan Sarkar and Mihgawan Ghat respectively in Panna district of MadhyaÂ Pradesh and Shukratal Khadar as Sukhtirth Khadar and Shukratal Bangar as SukhtirthÂ Bangar in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh.
The proposal to change the name of West Bengal to 'Bangla', as suggested by the state government, was recently forwarded by the home ministry to the Ministry of External Affairs for its opinion as the proposed name sounded similar to the name of neighbouring country Bangladesh, the official said.
Meanwhile, a proposal to change the name of Kacharigaon to Phevima in Dimapur district of Nagaland was rejected by the home ministry recently.
On Thursday, Gujarat Chief Minister 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.
Last year, the Centre had approved the proposal to rename the iconic Mughalsarai railway station to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) station after the Jan Sangh leader who was found dead in the railway station in 1968.
Approval was also given to add the word "Maharaj" in Mumbai's iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. It is now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.
The name of any state was changed last time in 2011, when Orissa became Odisha. Names of Bombay was changed to Mumbai in 1995, Madras to Chennai in 1996, Calcutta to Kolkata in 2001.
The central government had approved the renaming of 11 cities of Karnataka, that included Bangalore as Bengaluru, in 2014.
With inputs from PTI
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Last Updated Nov 12, 2018, 5:17 PM IST