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The following are the solutions/ suggestions made by the Sri Krishna Committee

1. Maintaining Status Quo :

The committee is of the unanimous view that it would not be a practical approach to simply maintain the status quo in respect of the situation. Some intervention is definitely required and though maintaining the existing status quo is an option, it is favored the least !

2. Bifurcation of the state in to Seemandhra and Telangana; with Hyderabad as a Union Territory and the two states developing their own capital in due course :

There is a definite likelihood of serious backlashes in the Telangana region and on the overall consideration the committee found this option also not practicable.

3. Bifurcation of the state into Rayala-Telangana and Coastal Andhra Regions with Hyderabad being an integral part of the Rayala-Telangana :

The scenario is not likely to be accepted either by the pro-Telangana or pro-united Andhra protagonists. While the option may have economic justification, the committee believes that this option may not offer a resolution which would be acceptable to all the three regions.

4. Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into Seemandhra and Telangana with enlarged Hyderabad Metropolis as a separate Union Territory. This union territory will have geographic linkage and contiguity via Nalgonda district in the south-east to district Guntur in coastal Andhra and via Mahaboobnagar district in the south to Kurnool district in Raayalaseema  :

This is likely to receive stiff opposition from Telangana protagonists and it may be difficult to reach a political consensus in making this solution acceptable to all.

5. Bifurcation of the state into Telangana and Seemandhra as per existing boundaries with Hyderabad as the capital of Telangana and Seemandhra to have a new capital :

The committee feels that this option has to be given consideration. The continuing demand for a separate Telangana has some merit and it is not entirely unjustified. In case this option is exercised the apprehensions of the coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema people and others who were settled in Hyderabad and other districts of Telangana with regard to their investments, properties, livelihood and employment would need to be adequately addressed. Considering all aspects, the committee feels that while creation of separate Telangana would satisfy a large majority of people from the region, it will also throw up several other serious problems. Therefore after taking into account of the pros and cons the committee did not think it to be the most preferred, but the second best option ! Separation is recommended only in case it is unavoidable and if this decision can be reached amicably amongst all the three regions.

6. Keeping the State united by simultaneously providing certain definite constitutional/ statutory measures for socio-economic development and political empowerment of Telangana region – creation of statutorily empowered Telangana Regional Council :

In this option, it is proposed to keep the State united and provide Constitutional/Statutory measures to address the core socio-economic concerns about the development of the Telangana region. This can be done through the establishment of a statutory and empowered Telangana Regional Council with adequate transfer of funds, functions and functionaries. The Regional Council would provide a legislative consultative mechanism for the subjects to be dealt with by the Council.

The United Andhra option is being suggested for continuing the development momentum of the three regions and keeping in mind the national perspective. With firm political and administrative management, it should be possible to convey conviction to the people that this option would be in the best interest of all and would provide satisfaction to the maximum number of people in the state. For management of Water and Irrigation resources on a equitable basis,  a technical body, i.e.  Water Management Board, and an Irrigation Project Development Corporation in an expanded role have been recommended. The above course of action should meet all the issues raised by Telangana people satisfactorily.

The committee discussed all aspects of this option and while it acknowledges that there will be certain difficulties in its implementation, on balance, it found it the most workable option in the given circumstances and in the best interest of the socio and economic welfare of the people of all the three regions.

The core issue being one of socio economic development and good governance, the committee, keeping the national perspective in mind, is of the considered view that this option stands out as the best way forward.

You can download the report from http://pib.nic.in/archieve/others/2011/jan/d2011010502.pdf

According to sources,  the Central government would like to take a decision on the options given by the five-member panel, most probably before the budget session of Parliament that begins in February third week.

The meeting of recognized political parties in Andhra Pradesh, to discuss the Srikrishna Committee Report on Telangana, began here this morning.

You will recall that on January 5, 2010 we held our first meeting. That meeting was premised on the belief that parliamentary democracy – and the debate, discussion and consultation that are fostered in a parliamentary democracy – has the capacity to find solutions to all issues and problems. The  Government constituted a Committee under the chairmanship of Mr. Justice Srikrishna with very broad terms of reference. The Justice Srikrishna Committee submitted its report to the Government on December 30, 2010. It is Government’s sincere hope that the report will generate an informed and mature debate.

Our discussions on January 5, 2010 showed the way forward: fact-finding, study, analysis, options and recommendations. It is Government’s hope that our discussions today will also show the further way forward. I am sure that, besides the political parties, the people of Andhra Pradesh – both individuals and groups – would also make valuable suggestions that will show the way forward.

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As a aspiring civil servant, I am also a keen observer and follower of this whole issue from around 18 months from now. Around one year back, I had my opinion written in one of the posts : Telangana and Andhra ? on worthview and suggested for an Autonomous Regional Council ! Co-incidentally or otherwise , the best suggested recommendation of the committee talks of Telangana Regional Council ! Though my opinion at that time was having no statistical and observable/provable facts to support, now they are available. I am happy for a non-partisan thought process going on in me personally.

Anyways…lets see how this all goes and where it ends. Is it going to ? !

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