Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the issue of forming Telangana is high on his priority and he will soon enquire about the status of its implementation.

Dr. Singh, who was speaking to media persons while returning from his US visit, said that after reaching Delhi he would enquire from Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde about the status of implementation of the decision to carve out Telangana.

“It is getting recurring attention in the government. When I go back, I will ask the Home Minister what is the status. This is high on my mind,” he said.

Meanwhile, a PTI report quoting sources from New Delhi said the approval of the Union Cabinet for creation of Telangana is likely to be delayed as the Home Ministry is yet to finalise the note to be put up before it.

Draft

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has not yet given a go-ahead to the draft prepared for presentation before the Cabinet.

Mr. Shinde is waiting for the recommendations of the high- level committee, headed by Defence Minister A.K. Antony, which is hearing the concerns of all stakeholders in the wake of the Congress Working Committee decision on a separate Telangana, they said.

The Home Minister is also expected to place the draft before Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for “political clearance.”

After finalisation, the draft will be sent to the Law Ministry for legal vetting before being presented to the Cabinet.

— PTI

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