Srikrishna committee gets first representation on Telangana

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 23:42

New Delhi: The Justice B N Srikrishna
Committee on Telangana on Tuesday received the first representation
from a Congress MP who opposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh,
saying a separate state will not do any good for the people of
the region.

Lagadapati Rajagopal, the Vijayawada MP who quit over the
issue and then withdrew his resignation, said "mere sentiment"
should never be the ground for division of states.

"If states are divided based on this (sentiments), it will
have far reaching repercussions. Definitely, there will be
more and more such demands in the resultant a truncated
state," he said in a letter to the committee`s
Member-Secretary V K Duggal.
Rubbishing the claim of Telangana supporters that the
region was under-developed, the MP in his 5-page letter said
all Telangana districts, except a couple of them, have shown
more growth rate compared to other regions of Andhra Pradesh
and also all India growth rate over the last 15 years.

"We are all proud of the development and prosperity of
Telangana region, which is comparable to the best of the
developed regions in the country," he said and claimed he got
the figures from government and other agencies.

Rajagopal also said that out of the total government
jobs, there are 92 per cent of jobs at the district level, 6
per cent at zonal level and the remaining 2 per cent at the
state level.

He said the claim of pro-Telangana activists that a
separate state would generate more jobs for the people was not
true.

"There are only 27,000 state level jobs in Andhra Pradesh
and there are hardly any regional disparities with regard to
government job recruitments.

"If a new state is formed, at the most a couple of
thousand additional jobs would be created with the formation
of the new state," he said.

"With more than a million youth coming out of graduation
every year in search of jobs, will these couple of additional
government jobs suffice?" he said.

He also contested pro-Telangana activists` view that the
culture of Telangana people is different from that of others
in the state.
’Committee on Telangana to finish consultation by July’

The Srikrishna committee
appointed by the Centre to go into Telangana statehood issue
would start the process of consultation by the end of March
and complete it latest by the end of July, Member-Secretary of
the committee V K Duggal said here tonight.

"We would like to complete the consultation process by
the end of June and might extend till July. After that, we
will start evaluation of the data and write the report. We are
determined to give the report by the end of the year", he told
reporters on his maiden visit to Hyderabad after the
constitution of the panel.

The committee has been asked by the central government to
submit its report by December 31.

Duggal is on a day`s visit to Hyderabad to put in place
the necessary infrastructure and other arrangements for the
committee to do its job.

Duggal had a meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary S
V Prasad and will meet Governor E S L Narasimhan.
‘Include Dec 9 statement in Telangana committee`s ToR’

Congress MPs from Telangana today
appealed to the party high command that the Centre`s December
9, 2009 statement on the separate statehood issue should be
included in the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Srikrishna
Committee to clear the air over the issue in Andhra Pradesh.

The MPs have already written a letter to party chief
Sonia Gandhi demanding that Home Minister P Chidambaram`s
December 9 statement that the Centre would initiate steps for
the formation of a separate Telangana state be included in the
ToR of Justice Srikrishna committee.

"We want the statement to be included so that the people
of Telangana will have no doubt about the Centre`s initiative
for wide ranging consultations," Nizamabad MP Madhu Goud
Yaskhi told agency here.

He said including the statement in the ToR will bring
confidence among Telangana people about the Centre`s
willingness to form a separate state.

The Srikrishna Committee has been mandated to look into
the demands for a separate Telangana state as well as keeping
Andhra Pradesh united.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 23:42

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