Srikrishna committee report refuses creation of Telangana జనవరి 9, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Congress, Economy, elections, politics, regionalism.
The Financial Express
Srikrishna committee report refuses creation of Telangana
AGENCIES, Thursday, Jan 06, 2011
The Srikrishna Committee, led by Justice B N Srikrishna, has favoured a united Andhra Pradesh while at the same time giving other options for a way forward on the demand for a separate Telangana state.
The report suggests Andhra Pradesh can remain a whole with constitutional measures for the empowerment of the Telangana region. This option is the most workable, the Committee says and “in the best interest of all”. “It would provide satisfaction to the maximum number of people in the state.”
The Telangana issue has split Andhra for years. And today’s report does not promise to stop that anytime soon.
In this option, the Committee has suggested there should be a simultaneous provision of certain constitutional and statutory measures for socio-economic development and political empowerment of the Telangana region by the creation of a statutorily-empowered Telangana Regional Council.
The “second best option”, suggests a separate Telangana state with Hyderabad as its capital.
The panel, however, cautions: “”Considering all aspects, the Committee felt that while the creation of a separate Telangana would satisfy a large majority of the people from the region, it will also throw up several serious problems. Therefore, after taking into account the pros and cons the committee did not think it to be most preferred, but the second best option.”
The report of the five-member committee headed by the former Supreme Court judge gave its recommendations about 11 months of consultation a week ago. The report was released by the Ministry of Home Affairs today.
The two-volume 461-page report has also suggested a status quo be maintained with a rider that this is the least favoured option.
The following options, also suggested, are not favoured by the Committee itself.
In the fourth option, for which political parties spearheaded by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti have been campaigning, the Committee suggests the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into two units – Telangana and Seemandhra — as per existing boundaries.
Telangana can have Hyderabad as its capital, while Seemandhra, comprising Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions, will have a new capital.
Another option is to bifurcate the state into Seemandhra and Telangana with Hyderabad as a Union Territory and the two states developing their own capitals in due course of time.
The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into Rayala-Telangana and coastal Andhra regions with Hyderabad being an integral part of Rayala-Telangana is another option suggested by the committee.
Yet another idea is to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh into Seemandhra and Telangana with enlarged Hyderabad Metropolis as a separate Union Territory.
“This Union Territory will have geographical linkage and contiguity via Nalgonda district in the south-east to Guntur district in coastal Andhra and via Mahaboobnagar district in the south to Kurnool district in Rayalaseema,” the report suggests.
After the report was placed, a meeting began between Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and several Andhra stakeholder parties. This meeting, however, has been boycotted by those who are in favour of a separate state – the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, the Telegu Desam Party and the BJP.
As soon as the report was released, Chidambaram today appealed to political parties in Andhra Pradesh to read the recommendations of the Justice Srikrishna Committee on Telangana with an “open mind” and to give “impartial consideration” to them.
He expressed confidence that the report will generate an “informed and mature” debate on the issue.
Handing over copies of the report to leaders of political parties from the state at the meeting here, Chidambaram urged them to give their “most careful, thoughtful and impartial” consideration to the recommendations. He asked them to read the report with an “open mind” and be prepared to persuade or be persuaded by those who hold another point of view.
Chidambaram regretted the boycott of the meeting by TRS, TDP and BJP.
Recalling the discussions on January 5 last year, which he said had showed the way forward, Chidambaram said it is the government’s hope that the discussions today will also show the way forward.
“I am sure that besides political parties, people of Andhra Pradesh — both individuals and groups — would also make valuable suggestions that will show the way forward.
“You will note that I have repeatedly used the phrase ‘way forward’. Today I reiterate the government’s intentions to find just, honourable and praticable solutions that has the widest measure of support among all stakeholders,” he said.
Referring to the joint appeal made at the January 5 meeting to the people of Andhra Pradesh to maintain peace and calm, Chidambaram said it had a salutary effect.
“It is necessary that peace, harmony and law and order should be maintained in the state. I would request you to join me at the end of this meeting to make an appeal similar to the appeal we made last year,” he said.
The Home Minister said it is natural that the parties will require time to read the report and hold consultations within their organisations.
Asking them to participate in today’s meeting, he said if the parties agreed, then he would suggest they meet again at a convenient date later this month.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, Congress leaders K S Rao, Uttam Kumar Reddy, CPI-M state secretary D V Raghavalu and party leader J Ranga, PRP leader C Ramachandraiah, Akrabdduin Owaisi and Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri of MIM, K Narayana and G Malesh of CPI attended the meeting.
TDP MP Kishtappa earlier met Chidambaram and gave a letter from the party, saying they were not attending the meeting since the decision has to be taken by the Centre and not state political parties.
Referring to the boycott, Chidambaram said some parties have chosen not to attend the meeting.
“I deeply regret the stand taken by them. It does scant justice to the valuable work done by Justice Srikrishna Committee. Nevertheless, I propose to send a copy of the report to parties who have chosen to stay away,” he said.