The Centre on Friday announced the terms of reference (ToR) for the
Telangana committee, saying the panel will examine both the demands
for a separate state of Telangana as well as a
Andhra Pradesh but TRS reacted angrily terming it as a betrayal.
seven-point terms of reference mandated the committee headed by
Justice (retd) B N Srikrishna to review the developments in Andhra
Pradesh since its formation and their impact on the progress and
development of the different regions of the state.
will "examine the situation in the state of Andhra Pradesh with
reference to the demand for a separate state of Telangana as well as
the demand for maintaining the present status of a united Andhra
Pradesh," the TOR said.It has been asked to submit its report by
December 31 this year.
Hyderabad, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, who has been spearheading
the Telangana agitation, said, "The Centre has betrayed us once
again".He directed all his party MPs, MLAs and MLCs to resign from
their posts immediately in protest against the "betrayal".
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah and TDP chief N Chandrababu
Naidu, who were at a function together, said they would react after
studying the ToR.
However, TDP politburo member K Yerrannaidu felt the Centre should
have also included the demands for other smaller states in the
country in the Sri Krishna Committee’s ToR. Praja Rajyam Party MLA
from Nirmal in Adilabad also decided to resign from his post
protesting the ToR.
panel, constituted on February 3, will examine the impact of the
recent developments in the state on the different sections of the
people such as women, children, students, minorities, other backward
classes, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.
committee includes Ranbir Singh, Abusaleh Shariff, Ravinder Kaur and
former home secretary Vinod K Duggal as member-secretary.
terms of reference said the committee will "identify the key issues
that must be addressed while considering the matter".
said the panel "will consult all sections of the people, especially
the political parties, on the aforesaid matters and elicit their
views; to seek from the political parties and other organisations a
range of solutions that would resolve the present difficult
situation and promote the welfare of all sections of the people; to
identify the optimal solutions for this purpose; and to recommend a
plan of action and a road map".
committee will consult other organisations of civil society such as
industry, trade, trade unions, farmers' organisations, women's
organisations and students' bodies on the specified matters and
elicit their views with specific reference to the all round
development of the different regions of the state and make any other
suggestion or recommendation that the Committee may deem
appropriate, the ToR said.
While announcing the committee, government had said that it would
hold wide-ranging consultations with all sections of people and
different political parties and groups on "the situation in Andhra