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GoM on Telangana to submit report in 6 weeks

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Supporters of united Andhra Pradesh stage a rail roko in Anantapur district on Friday. Photo: R.V.S. Prasad
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Supporters of united Andhra Pradesh stage a rail roko in Anantapur district on Friday. Photo: R.V.S. Prasad

We have not seen any profit for Congress while taking decision: Shinde

A day after the Union Cabinet cleared the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday said a 10-member Group of Ministers (GoM) would give its report within six weeks comprising recommendations on various crucial issues, including the boundary of the new State, so that the bill on the new State could be tabled in Parliament in the winter session.

The GoM includes Ministers for Home, Finance, Law, Water Resources, Human Resource Development, Urban Development, Road Transport and Highways, Power and Personnel Ministers, besides the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman. It would make recommendations on the boundaries of Telangana, division of bureaucracy and sharing of assets and resources, including river water and irrigation projects.

The Cabinet note says that the GoM would “work out the various legal and administrative measures to ensure the safety and security of residents of all the regions of the State.” The GoM has also been mandated to “go into the various issues which concern both States (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) and suggest appropriate measures to address them.” It will also “work out the modalities for provision of special financial disbursements required for the setting up of a new capital for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh and to meet the special needs of the backward regions and districts of the two States.”

Since the Cabinet has recommended that “the city of Hyderabad will function as the common capital for both the States for a period of 10 years,” the GoM would have to look into the legal and administrative measures required to ensure that both State governments function efficiently from Hyderabad. The GoM will also study issues related to law and order in the region.

Asked about rising protests in Seemandhra following the Cabinet decision, Mr. Shinde said such protests were “natural.” “We will take them [protesters and leaders] into confidence. After all, wherever there is bifurcation of any State, such feelings are there. It is natural…No one can avoid these. We will try to console them,” he told journalists.

The Minister denied that the Congress was trying to take political advantage by creating a new State. “We have not seen any profit for the Congress while taking this decision. It was a Congress commitment and we have fulfilled it.”

Referring to demands for the creation of more States, he said the government had no such plans. “Now we have considered Telangana. Nothing more than that.”

Mr. Shinde rubbished claims that the Maoist problem might increase in Telangana once it comes into existence. “The Naxal problem is there. But Andhra Pradesh is one State where we have done excellent work in curbing Naxalism. I am quite confident that even after the formation of Telangana, the government will check the activities of Naxalites.”

Sri Shinde's taking note on the Seemandhra congress leaders
objections on the Telangana Cabinet note is appreciable though they
rise some doubts in the minds of common people.HM should clarify when
and how these issues will be addressed before plunging into
separation.He also assured steps will be initiated to protect the
fundamental rights of Seemandra people in Hyderabad and in Telangana
after separation. The state government and the Central Government
couldn't protect the statues of prominent Andhra personalities when
they were vandalised and destroyed by pro-Telangana agitators some
time before and the Union Government never tried to control the
language used by KCR family members on NGOs and Seemandra people last
week during NGOs meeting. Let UPA Chair person, the PM and Vice-
president of Congress Rahul Gandhi make an extensive tour in
Andhra Pradesh in all regions and discuss with all people to assess
the aspirations and priorities of all Andhra
peoples before going ahead.

from:  Ramadatta
Posted on: Oct 5, 2013 at 14:31 IST

Hoe come a government decide and then take stakeholders into confidence?? This is utterly for political gain otherwise why would they bifurcate after 9 yrs rule and before elections??

from:  Suman
Posted on: Oct 5, 2013 at 09:45 IST

OK, it appears that Andhra Prdesh bifurcation is inevitable at this
juncture. It seems Seemandhra NGOs,RTC and other employees have got
certain fears about their future post-bifurcation. Will somebody in the
Centre or in the State govt take initiative to pacify their
apprehensions pronto and bring down this unrest to an end immediately?
People are suffering a lot owing to this unrest. What are the leaders
for if they fail to take immediate remedial measures to alleviate
people's suffering?

from:  I A Pani
Posted on: Oct 4, 2013 at 22:25 IST

Shame on Seemandhra politicians, they failed to Keep the state united.
They seriously dont understand the people interests and feelings.

What are they going do now, resign from Congress and start or join some
other parties supporting United-andhra and win votes again ?

from:  Tony
Posted on: Oct 4, 2013 at 20:32 IST

The long cherished dream of Telangana aspirants is likely to take
place in near future as it seems today. The Union Government should
spell out whether Andhra Pradesh will be the new state or Telangana
from Andhra Pradesh. If Telangana region is getting separated from
Andhra Pradesh, then it should get all the needed infrastructure like
a new capital and and other paraphernalia as happened earlier in all
states including the present Andhra Pradesh. On the other hand if
Coastal Andhra and Rayala Seema are getting separated from Andhra
Pradesh is it not they should develop a new capital and others? As far
as in areas such as industrial development, agriculture, technical
education etc are taken into consideration, then Telangana is far
advanced than the other parts . In Seemandhra prestigious institutions
like NLU and NIT are not established as no body expected Andhra
Pradesh would get separated and likely become a pauper state getting
alms from Centre and a parasitic region.

from:  Ramadatta
Posted on: Oct 4, 2013 at 19:31 IST
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