Srikrishna panel to suggest optimal solutions: Duggal

The Srikrishna Committee would suggest optimal solutions to the Centre to resolve the contentious Telangana issue rather than saying yes or no about division of Andhra Pradesh.

Hyderabad: The Srikrishna Committee would
suggest optimal solutions to the Centre to resolve the
contentious Telangana issue rather than saying yes or no about
division of Andhra Pradesh.

"As per the mandate given to the Committee and as per its
Terms of Reference, the Committee will seek, discuss and
examine a range of solutions on the subject and will endeavour
to recommend or suggest optimal solutions as a way forward for
the resolution of the issue," V K Duggal, the committee`s
member-secretary, told reporters here.

Observing that the committee is leaving no stone unturned
to prepare a well-researched and objective report, he
expressed confidence that the report would be established as a
most credible document that is in the interest of every
citizen of Andhra Pradesh and in national perspective.

"However, like you have observed, the intention may be to
please all, but it is possible that it may not please some
sections, in which case, of course, India is a democracy and
people have a right to express their views. Sometimes, it is
through peaceful agitations, sometimes it is not so much
peaceful way of expressing. So, that situation will be handled
if it arises."

"Our hope is that once the report is out, going by the
labour that has credibility that it will get established,
there should be no reason for anyone to agitate," Duggal said.

Responding to the accusations from some quarters that the
committee is "useless", Justice B N Srikrishna, Chairman
of the panel, said the committee is not "useless or direction
less".

"The committee would definitely suggest a good direction
to the Centre," he said.

Asked if the committee would examine making Hyderabad a
Union Territory, Duggal said the committee was examining
everything that is brought before it.

The committee has so far received 1,20,000 memoranda or
communications so far out of which about 3,000 are well-
compiled reports, he said.

As part of the consultation process, the committee has so
far met 103 groups and heard over 1,000 people.

With this, the consultation process and 95 per cent of
field visits are over and couple of visits to districts
remained, Duggal said.

The exercise would be over by this month-end and the
committee would start writing its report from next month.

Duggal said the committee has appointed four expert
groups on complex and technical issues of water resources,
power, growth of Hyderabad as a metropolis and its impact and
the implementation of Government Order that deals with
proportional representation of locals and non-locals in
government jobs.

PTI

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