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...There was no constitutional provision that could ensure the division of revenues between the two States either.The meeting lamented that there was no coordination between the political establishment and institutional mechanism that would need to go hand in hand on such crucial issues.

“The stage probably has not come where administrative machinery will come into the picture,” the former Union Finance Secretary, S. Narayan, who moderated the panel on sharing of resources, said.The former Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh, P. Joy Oommen said the division of a State entailed several issues, as it was not confined to economics, but was related to emotional investments made by the people.

Moreover, division was not the end of the road for Seemandhra people as it would, in fact, open new doors for inclusive all-round growth of the region. “This will provide an opportunity to reengineer the entire development process,” he said. Information Technology veteran J.A. Chowdary said the city registered 26 per cent growth in IT exports in spite of the disturbances. It was for the Central government to take a decision either in favour or against the Statehood issue to ensure that the reputation of the city was not hit.