Saturday, January 8, 2011

Telangana report highlights

After going into all aspects of the situation as well as keeping in view the local, regional and the national perspectives, the committee has put forward the following solutions/possible options as the best way forward:

(i) Status quo: Some intervention is definitely required and though maintaining the existing status quo is an option, it is favoured the least.

(ii) Sreemandhra, Telangana and Hyderabad as UT: Definite likelihood of serious backlashes in the Telangana region. On overall consideration the Committee found this option not practicable

(iii) Rayala-Telangana and Coastal Andhra, with Hyderabad part of the former: May have economic justification (but) Committee believes this option may not offer a resolution acceptable to people of all three regions.

(iv) Seemandhra, Telangana and enlarged Hyderabad Metropolis as UT: Likely to receive stiff opposition from Telangana protagonists... may be difficult to reach a political consensus.

(v) Telangana and Seemandhra, with Hyderabad as capital of former: The continuing demand for a separate Telangana has some merit... the apprehensions of the Coastal Andhra and Rayalseema people and others settled in Telangana... would need to be adequately addressed. Considering all aspects, the Committee felt that... it will also throw up several other serious problems. The Committee did not think it to be the most preferred, but the second best option.

(vi) Undivided state with special measures for Telangana: It is proposed to keep the state united and provide Constitutional/Statutory measures to address the concerns about the development of the region. This can be done through establishment of a Telangana Regional Council with adequate transfer of funds, functions and functionaries. The Regional Council would provide a legislative consultative mechanism for the subjects...

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