The Srikrishna Committee has favoured constitution of a statutorily empowered Regional Council for Telananga, irrespective of whether Andhra Pradesh remains united or is divided.

The committee, however, was of the view that a Regional Committee of the Legislature constituted by a Presidential Order in 1958 did not fulfil the role envisioned for a Statutory Regional Council under the Gentlemen's Agreement, 1956.

Similar models, such as statutorily empowered District and Regional Councils in the North-Eastern Region were already in existence. Their creation, however, was covered specifically under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, the committee said in its report.

Full powers

It was of the view that since a Regional Council within the State had to be legally established, a suitable provision to that effect was required to be incorporated in the Constitution. The intention was that the Regional Council should exercise full powers for implementation of the development sub-plan in respect of the subjects transferred to it.

The Regional Council should exercise adequate control on funds, functions and functionaries for realising the overall objectives of the sub-plan. The Regional Council should make a report of the progress achieved in an Annual Report and it should be placed in the State Assembly. Every care should be taken to ensure that the proposed Regional Council was fully empowered in real terms. This would be critical both for making the model acceptable across the board and for winning the confidence of the people.

Further, the committee favoured setting up of a Medical College/University in a northern district of Telangana. (New universities were set up at Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar and new medical colleges at Adilabad and Nizamabad). Interestingly, the committee concluded the report with the words of first Home Minister of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: “It will be a folly to ignore realities; facts take their revenge if they are not faced squarely and well.”