Srikrishna Panel recommends varied options to buy time అక్టోబర్ 29, 2010Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, compromise, Congress, Hyderabad, Identity, Jai Andhra, KCR, Mulki, Parliament, politics, regionalism, Settler, TRS.
Panel may give 5 options to soothe Telangana tempers
Economic Times, 29 October 2010
NEW DELHI: As the Telangana Committee , headed by Justice B N Srikrishna , sits down to pen its report for submission by December 31, indications are that the panel may present the government with a range of scientifically reasoned out options — be it formation of a separate Telangana state, a united Andhra Pradesh, making Hyderabad a Union territory, or more — and list the pros and cons of each. Put simply, the committee will leave it to the government to pick the best-possible solution, preferably through political consensus to be evolved within a limited time-frame.
According to sources in the government, the panel may come up with 4-5 “optimal” solutions to the Telangana imbroglio, based on issues raised by various Andhra groups during their discussions with the committee members. It will list the implications, both positive and negative, of accepting each of these options. The reasoning will be based on objective assessments as well as well-researched facts and figures relating not only to historical background but also to aspects like economic activity, education, health, cultural issues, waters and irrigation, power, evolution of Hyderabad, security-related issues, public employment and sub-regional aspirations.
Although the panel is still mulling whether to give a decisive recommendation on the best-possible solution, it is clear on one thing: that the range of options recommended by the panel shall be credible and well-researched enough for any discerning leader to understand the reasoning behind them.
Once Justice Srikrishna submits the report, all eyes will be on the home ministry to take a call on how to implement it. The ministry could either take a decision straight away in consultation with other government leaders, or appoint an interlocutor to decide on the best-possible solution; leave it to the state government to examine the solutions suggested; or start discussions afresh with political parties of the state to evolve consensus on the best-possible solution.
Observers say the third option of settlement through political consultations over a limited time-frame is not only the most democratic but also will give the government breathing time to soothe any frayed nerves over the report.
Incidentally, going by the demands and suggestions before the panel — made over the last eight months in 3,000 detailed memorandums received by the panel and during hundreds of interactions with political party representatives, NGOs, social groups, lawyers and student bodies across the state — the options on the table are not only limited to keeping Andhra Pradesh united or the formation of a separate state of Telangana, with Hyderabad as its capital, even as a new capital is named for Andhra. A third option before the panel is to make Hyderabad a Union territory while retaining it as a capital both for Andhra and Telangana states. However, this is slightly tricky as Hyderabad is not a contiguous area. Interestingly, there have been suggestions that it be made contiguous by stretching the boundaries of the Hyderabad UT right up to the border of the proposed state for Telangana.
There are also a couple of other options, with demands being raised for a separate Rayalseema. The panel is expected to address all these issues while devising the “optimal solutions” it has been tasked to suggest as part of its terms of reference.
The report of the committee will base its findings on historical developments since 1948, when Hyderabad became a state of the Union, government sources said. A separate chapter will put in perspective its historical background, right from the Hyderabad’s accession, formation of Andhra Pradesh in 1956 and beyond