New Delhi, Feb.11: Government on Friday announced a seven-point terms of reference (ToR) for the Telangana committee, saying the panel will consult all sections of people in Andhra Pradesh, especially political parties, on the demand of a separate state.
The five-member committee, headed by Justice (Retd) B N Srikrishna, will "examine the situation in Andhra Pradesh with reference to demand for a separate state of Telangana as well as the demand for maintaining the present status of united Andhra Pradesh.
"It will review the development in the state since its formation and their impact on the progress and development of different regions of the state," the ToR said.
The committee, which includes Ranbir Singh, Abusaleh Shariff, Ravinder Kaur and former home secretary Vinod K Duggal as member-secretary, "will examine the impact of the recent developments in the state on the different sections of the people such as women, children, students, minorities, SCs and STs".
It has been asked to submit its report by December 31 this year.
The ToR said the committee will "identify the key issues that must be addressed while considering the matter".
It will "consult all sections of people, especially 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 people to identify the optimal solutions for this purpose and to recommend a plan of action and a roadmap".
The panel "will consult organisations of other civil societies such as industries, trade unions, farmer organisations, women students" and "make any other suggestion and recommendations that the committee may deemed appropriate".
On February 2, government had announced the committee which would hold wide-ranging consultations with all sections of people and different political parties and groups on "the situation in Andhra Pradesh".
Govt announces terms of reference on Telangana,TRS calls it betrayal
The Centre today 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 united Andhra Pradesh but TRS reacted angrily terming it as a betrayal
The 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.
It 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.
In 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".
Both 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.