Telangana GoM to have 10 members; Bill likely in winter

Sushilkumar Shinde
Sushilkumar Shinde

NEW DELHI: The ministers of Home, Finance, Law and Water Resources will be part of the 10-member GoM set up to go into the issues arising out of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, like determination of boundary, sharing of assets and river water, among others.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the GoM will make its recommendations within six weeks with the Telangana Bill likely to be introduced in Parliament in the winter session.

According to the terms of reference for the Group of Ministers, the Human Resource Development, Urban Development, Road Transport and Highways, Power, and Personnel Ministers, along with the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, will be the other members of the high-powered body.

The GoM will determine the boundaries of the new state of Telangana and the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh with reference to electoral constituencies, judicial and statutory bodies and other administrative units.

It will look into the legal and administrative measures required to ensure that both state governments function efficiently from Hyderabad, which is to be the common capital for the two states for 10 years.

The GoM will take into account the legal, financial and administrative measures that may be required for transition to a new capital for the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh.

It will also look into the special needs of both states and recommend measures.

The GoM will also study issues related to law and order, safety and security to ensure peace and harmony in the region following the bifurcation.

Besides, it will evaluate the long-term internal security implications arising out of the bifurcation and make suitable recommendations. (More) PTI ACBThe GoM will look into the sharing of river water, irrigation resources and other natural resources (especially coal, oil and gas) by the two states amongst themselves as also with other states. It will also take up the matter of declaration of the Polavaram irrigation works as a national project.

It will look into the issues related to power generation, transmission and distribution between the two states and those arising on account of distribution of assets, public finance, public corporations and liabilities thereof following the bifurcation.

Part of the GoM’s brief is related to the distribution of the employees in the subordinate as well as All-India Services between the two states.

It will also analyze the issues arising out of the Presidential Order under Article 371D of the Constitution (special provisions with respect to the state of Andhra Pradesh) consequent to the bifurcation.

It will examine any other matter that may arise on account of the creation of a separate Telangana state and make suitable recommendations within a period of six weeks. -PTI

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