Srikrishna panel asked to clear air on Andhra bifurcation issue

Industrialists in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday made a fervent appeal to the five-member Srikrishna Committee, asking it to clear the air of uncertainty over the state bifurcation issue.

Updated: May 18, 2010, 23:49 PM IST

Hyderabad: Industrialists in Andhra Pradesh
on Tuesday made a fervent appeal to the five-member Srikrishna
Committee, asking it to clear the air of uncertainty over the
state bifurcation issue.

"Peace and normalcy should return to the state, failing
which the flow of investments into Andhra Pradesh will stop,"
industrialists told the Centre-appointed panel during a
two-hour interaction here today.
They presented their case before the committee under the
aegis of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in
accordance with clauses 2&5 of its terms of reference, noted
industrialist and CII (AP) former chairman Y Harishchandra
Prasad said.

"We emphasised the need for a conducive atmosphere in the
state to let the industry grow. We gave a powerpoint
presentation on the previous industrial growth in the state,
and how it was affected following the separate statehood
agitation," Harishchandra told agency.

The CII delegation also spoke on the developments that
occurred in the state since its formation, and their impact on
the progress and development of different regions in the
state.
"We made out a case that industrial and economic growth,
which so far remained Hyderabad-centric, should now spread to
Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities and towns across Andhra Pradesh. We
also listed the human development index of the state,
indicating the scale on which each district is ranked,"
Harishchandra added.

Mohan Reddy of Infotech, Pradeep Doble of ITC and Patodia
of GTN Textiles were part of the CII delegation.

The Srikrishna Committee also heard the views of
delegations from Rayalaseema and Andhra, which spoke on the
need for a unified state, official sources said.

PTI