Monday, February 15, 2010

Will Srikrishna Committee Resolve Telangana Issue?

Srikrishna committee was set up by the Indian government to resolve the issue of separate Telangana state. The committee announced that the panel members will examine the demand for a separate Telangana state and also the demand for keeping united Andhra Pradesh.

It will try to evolve a framework for reaching political consensus, examine the feasibility, and go into the modalities to be worked out in this regard and the time-frame required.

The Srikrishna committee, which will bring out the outlook of different stakeholders on the problem, also it is expected to touch upon significant aspects such as sharing of water from Krishna and Godavari rivers, natural resources, the fortune of Hyderabad if separate Telangana is created, relocation of government employees, and the problem of long-term settlers from Andhra and Rayalaseema areas in Telangana regions.

This committee is not a constitutional body or the creature of any law passed by Parliament. It can only make recommendations. Power of taking any decision can only be with the state and union governments, state legislature and parliament.

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