Centre convenes all-party meeting on Telangana

PTI
October 30, 19:38:34

An all-party meeting will be held next week to discuss various issues concerning the creation of separate Telangana, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Wednesday.
The meeting is likely to be held before the November 7, 2013 meeting of the Group of Ministers, constituted to look into the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, he said.

Talking to reporters, he said, “The meeting will discuss various provisions of the terms of reference of the GoM and give suggestions.”

The GoM, which has met twice, has already held discussions regarding the sharing of river waters, power, distribution of assets and demarcation of boundaries.

Headed by the Home Minister, the Ministerial panel has also discussed the approach and methodology to be adopted by it.

The Centre has already constituted a high-level committee headed by former CRPF chief K. Vijay Kumar to look at the division of assets and the administrative framework which would be required when Telangana is created upon bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

The committee, which is currently visiting Hyderabad, has been interacting with professionals, state government officials and government bodies before preparing its report.

Secretaries of Ministries of Power, Water Resources, Finance, Planning Commission, DoPT etc are also preparing individual report to be submitted to the GoM.

The secretaries are finalising the report with consultations with secretaries of departments concerned of Andhra Pradesh and submit the report to the GoM by November 5, 2013.

The secretaries will also suggest ways for division of assets and give several options.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Finance is also expected to submit a report on a draft package to be announced for the Seemandhra region.