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Bifurcation debate must be based on development- Srikrishna Committee జనవరి 2, 2011

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Rich-poor disparity matter of concern in Telangana
Subodh Ghildiyal, TNN, Jan 2, 2011

NEW DELHI: In a setback to the campaign for Telangana, the Srikrishna committee has dismissed the argument of economic backwardness for carving out a separate state, arguing that the region compared well with other regions of Andhra Pradesh.

The option of statehood for Telangana is low on its list of priorities. The Srikrishna panel, after a detailed analysis of district annual reports across regions, found that Telangana scored high on income generation, electricity, water and agriculture, lagging only in investment in education, with literacy rate lower than that in Coastal Andhra.

The estimate for Telangana has been prepared without including Hyderabad which, as capital, has seen high growth and investment.

The much-awaited report is set to be a dampener for proponents of statehood who have cited economic backwardness as the rationale for seeking division of Andhra.

The panel, making a clutch of recommendations to settle the debate for bifurcation, has recommended that “development” be the basis for decision-making in future.

The report will be made public on January 6 during an all-party meeting called by Union home minister P Chidambaram.

Sources said the report states that Telangana’s growth story has been positive, with the region clocking a “high rate of growth” to not just catch up with Coastal Andhra but even overtake the latter on certain parameters. (మరింత…)