Suggestions to GoM looking into bifurcation of State of Andhra Pradesh and formation of new State of Telangana
To the Honorable Home Minister of India and
Group of Ministers looking into the bifurcation of State of Andhra Pradesh and formation of New State of Telangana
Here by submit my suggestions to your kind considerations as per the terms of reference
I. Determine the boundaries of the new state of Telangana and the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh with reference to the electoral constituencies, judicial and statutory bodies, and other administrative units.
Boundaries: Residual AP should be exactly same as it was before merger in 1956 and avoid unnecessary controversy.
Capital City of Residual AP : This must be named by GoM in the bill for following reasons
Avoid constitutional problem as there is no precedence till date where the state capital has not been named in the bill and is outside of the state geography.
Joint capital without being Union Territory (there is no precedence and will throw both constitutional and administrative challenges that may fail judicial scrutiny)
Govt of AP running from far away location of Hyderabad is of no benefit to the people of Residual AP as the Servant of people, Govt should be closer and within reach mutually.
Its time for Residual AP and Telangana to move forward than waste time in mutual maneuvering
II. Look into the legal and administrative measures required to ensure that both the state governments can function efficiently from Hyderabad as the common capital for 10 years.
Hyderabad has to be the Capital City of Telangana from Day 1 and with Residual AP capital city named, 10 years is maximum transition period for Residual AP to run its Government with minimum immediate disturbance to governance and employees and work out smooth transition to the new capital city.
Words sharing, joint are misleading and should be replaced by Residual AP right to operate its Govt during maximum transition period of 10 years.
Administration of Residual AP
① Both Govt should be separated in the same office building for first year
② Consolidated into one zone (within 3 Km distance) for all Residual AP state govt offices to function smoothly with cohesion in Year 2
③ Year 3 onwards start relocating to the new capital city
④ Target to complete the Transition in 5 years
⑤ Year 6 to 10 is only for the purpose of employees opting to continue to live in Hyderabad under options during the employees distribution between the two state governments
⑥ Administration of Hyderabad cannot and should not be under Govt of India.
⑦ Administration of Hyderabad cannot and should not be shared, joint between two state governments