Srikrishna committee gets first representation on Telangana
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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.


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

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