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Updated: November 22, 2013 01:12 IST
Andhra Pradesh bifurcation

GoM on Telangana to meet next week to finalise report

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Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde during a conference in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
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Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde during a conference in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

The Group of Ministers (GoM), constituted to present a report to the Union Cabinet on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, is expected to meet next week to complete its job.

According to officials, though the GoM met on Thursday, it could not complete its task as two of its members — P.C. Chidambaram and Ghulam Nabi Azad — could not attend as they were not in town.

Complex issues

The GoM, which has already completed consultations with various stakeholders, including Union Ministers from the three regions in Andhra Pradesh, has been mandated to look into a whole range of complex issues including determination of the boundaries of Telangana and the residuary State with reference to the electoral constituencies, judicial and statutory bodies, and other administrative units.

“We will try to push the proposal as hard as possible. We have to discuss multiple options. We are in discussions. We will bring the Bill in the winter session of Parliament [which begins on December 5 and concludes on Dec. 20],” Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters at the end of the 90-minute meeting.

The officials dealing with the GoM are hopeful that it would finalise its report next week and submit it before the Union Cabinet.

Once the Cabinet puts its seal of approval, it would be sent to the President who in turn would send it to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for consideration. Approval of the Assembly is not mandatory for the Union government to commend the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Constitution Bill to Parliament for consideration and passage.

Security challenges

Separately, Intelligence Bureau director Asif Ibrahim has said that creation of Telangana has thrown up new challenges for security agencies in view of the counter agitations. He was addressing the annual conference of Directors-General and Inspectors General of Police here.

"Security challenges" Separately, Intelligence Bureau director Asif Ibrahim has said that creation of Telangana has thrown up new challenges for security agencies in view of the counter agitations. He was addressing the annual conference of Directors-General and Inspectors General of Police here."- To the Editor Hindu: When there were so many hurdles in security of the country, why no one in in GoM committee is paying attention??? Now it is very crystal clear, that people in power are going head long way!!!I only hope President will take an unbiased view and adjudge the situation. and put an end to bifurcation ones and far all. Even GoM , has a saving grace to say that Article 371 D did not permit , and hence no bifurcation. So no win or no loose to any one. I wish every one should think above and beyond and be good citizens of the World with out prejudice and unwanted pride. What we all need harmonious coexistence.Thank you.

from:  Dr. Sumathi Cattamanchi
Posted on: Nov 23, 2013 at 08:17 IST

When GOI, out of the blue, has decided to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh state, Telugu people around the world were at rude shock.. All along we thought separatist demands about Telangana will be dealt tactfully by announcing economic and employment packages for few backward districts of Telangana. Never thought they would completely give away telangana,bifurcating AP and hurt the hearts of telugus in entire world including Telangana region in AP.

If you look into the parliamentary debates regarding Article 3 and how states can be created in India, they clearly said the INITIATION (proposal) to bifurcate a state should come from the state and not from the center. Then parliament is given authority to use Article 3 and create a state. GOI has forgotten this fundamental aspect. They cannot divide a state with a "Top down" approach. It should be a bottom up approach. A "case should be built" from the affected state and send a resolution to center. Not by GOI asking state to tell opinion.

from:  Sarath
Posted on: Nov 22, 2013 at 01:15 IST

Probably in the nascent stages of our independent no one ever
contemplated the agitation for a subdivision of an integrated lingustic
state.Is it because of that the the vote of the state assembly was
deemed irrelevant in a matter deeply concerning the state?
Will Shinde and Co force the issue down the throat of agitating masses?
Electoral politics has, in fact, reached nadir in India under the UPA
II.

from:  subbanarasu Divakaran
Posted on: Nov 22, 2013 at 01:14 IST

This move clearly shows that the bifurcation decision is purely
political than administrative. Most of decisions taken by Congress are
illegitimate and badly conceived. The so called peoples agitation for
separation is motivated be few vested interests, but most of the
people don't care which state they belong to as long as their needs
are addressed. Creating a new state will not solve the problems
overnight, they get worse as we are creating more politicians and
their coterie.

At least stop playing with people....A full stop.
Please publish white paper on the amount of money and time you spent
in last few months on this issue.

from:  Ravi Ramireddy
Posted on: Nov 21, 2013 at 23:09 IST
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