The TDP reacted to the Justice Srikrishna Committee recommendations on expected lines. The TDP leaders spoke in two different voices to the Committee's recommendations. The TDP continued its two-eye policy with regard to Telangana issue. A Revanth Reddy stated that the only option left was to divide the State, while Payyavula Kesav and Dhulipala Narendra Kumar and others favoured keeping the State united. Party senior leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy asserted that the Committee made useless recommendations like making Hyderabad as Union Territory. The reactions of TDP leaders mirrored that the party does not want to take a firm stance whether it favoured united state or Telangana state. At least now, the TDP pronounced its stand on united Andhra.
It is unfortunate that the sprawling State of Andhra Pradesh does not have a second capital. The second capital helps in decentralisation of state administration within the easy reach of the common man. IT combats parochialism, promotes a sense of belonging and ensures even development of the state.
It is pertinent to mention here that Cochin, Nagpur and Allahabad are the second capitals of Kerala, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh respectively. The short lived Andhra State (1953 to 1956) used to sit at Visakhapatnam once in a year. The government should explore the possibility in that direction.
P.V. Ramana Rao
Bailing out ryots
The State government which is time and again reiterating its commitment to safeguard the interests of farmers has announced rescheduling crop loans of ryots affected by cyclone Jal.
The rain-hit farmers say it was not proper on the part of government to reschedule crop loans of ryots affected by Jal cyclone.
Instead, the crop loans of farmers affected by December incessant rains should be rescheduled, they say. The total paddy yield in Krishna district declined to nine lakh tonnes in kharif season against expectations of 13 lakh tonnes due to unseasonal rain in December.
N. Bala Muralikrishna