September 3, 2013 1:06:12 am
The process for creation of the separate state of Telangana seems to have moved into fast forward mode with the Union Home Ministry ready with a draft Cabinet proposal which is being forwarded to the Ministry of Law and Justice.
Top Home Ministry officials said that hectic deliberations are on over the draft the Cabinet note where the opinion from the Law Ministry will be sought before giving it a final touch.
Refusing to divulge the details of the proposals,a senior Home Ministry official confirmed that the present draft proposal is in sync with the Congress Working Committee resolution on July 30 and there is no major departure from the decision.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde also confirmed that the process for creation of Telangana is in fast track mode.
The Cabinet note will be sent to Law Ministry for vetting. I hope the note will be presented before the Cabinet within 20 days, said Shinde when asked about the time frame for final Cabinet proposal.
Shinde has maintained that the demand for formation of Telangana is one of the oldest since the formation of Andhra Pradesh in 1956. Sources also said that the draft Cabinet note by the Home Ministry is proposing that both Andhra and Telangana to have a common capital i.e Hyderabad,for at least 10 years.
The draft proposal also provides for setting up a mechanism for the sharing of resources such as water,power plants and providing assistance for the building of a new capital for Andhra Pradesh.
In its draft proposal,the Home Ministry is believed to have also identified special needs of backward regions and districts and proposed that funds shall be sanctioned by the Centre for its development.
Once the draft Cabinet proposal is finally approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs,it will be submitted before the Cabinet. It is believed that after consultations,the Cabinet is expected to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM)
The GoM will further deliberate creation of Telangana and pass a resolution which will then be sent to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly for the formation of the new state.
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