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Opinion poll: Justice Srikrishna Committee member-secretary V.K. Duggal interacts with Andhra Pradesh Dalit Mahasabha representative Kathi Padma Rao in Hyderabad on Monday.
Opinion poll: Justice Srikrishna Committee member-secretary V.K. Duggal interacts with Andhra Pradesh Dalit Mahasabha representative Kathi Padma Rao in Hyderabad on Monday.

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Views of separate Telangana, Andhra/Rayalaseema leaders to be heard on irrigation and power

Indication of retired CWC officials and power experts' team touring State

Team to look into status of irrigation sources, projects in 3 regions and submit report in August

HYDERABAD: The Justice Srikrishna Committee will depute a team of experts to elicit views of the protagonists of separate Telangana and Andhra/Rayalaseema regions on the injustice in the irrigation and power sectors.

Member-secretary of the committee V. K. Duggal and members Ranbir Singh, Ravinder Kaur and Abu Saleh Sharieff made this observation during their interaction with representatives of the Telangana Retired Engineers Forum. They indicated that a team comprising retired Central Water Commission officials and experts in the power sector would tour the State and hold wide-ranging consultations on the twin issues.

The team will look into the status of irrigation sources, projects in the three regions and disparities in sharing river water and submit its report to the panel before August 31.

Honorary president of the forum M. Shyam Prasad Reddy said they explained how Telangana had faced injustice in terms of irrigation projects. “Several projects taken up under Jalayagnam in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions are given sufficient funds, while those in Telangana are neglected,” he claimed.

Representatives of the Andhra Joint Action Committee and Andhra Pradesh Dalit Mahasabha also made their views known to the Srikrishna Committee at Jubilee Hall. Led by Kathi Padma Rao, the Mahasabha representatives contended that creation of Telangana and Andhra States was in the best interests of the weaker sections. “This will end the hegemony of two dominant castes,” he remarked.

Vested interests

He told reporters that the movement for a united State was the handiwork of some political leaders who had business interests in Hyderabad. “We sought a separate capital for Andhra State so that there would be all-round development,” he pointed out.

Andhra JAC leaders in their presentation opposed united Andhra Pradesh and said that the creation of two Telugu-speaking States was the need of the hour. “We urged the panel members to tour Andhra and Rayalaseema regions and interact with the common man and elicit their views on statehood. Majority of them are for separate Andhra State,” Sunkara Krishna Murthy, convenor of Andhra JAC, remarked.

Sources said the panel grilled the Andhra JAC representatives to justify their demand for separate Andhra State when a majority had backed the united Andhra Pradesh movement forcing the Centre to intervene.


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