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GoM on Telangana to submit report before winter session: Shinde

GoM on Telangana to submit report before winter session: Shinde

New Delhi: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Friday that the Group of Ministers (GoM), set up to look into the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, would submit its report to the Union Cabinet before the winter session of Parliament.

“We will submit the report before the winter session begins,” Mr. Shinde who heads the seven member GoM told reporters.

Mr. Shinde, however, refused to divulge anything on when Telangana will come into existence.

“There is a process (of creating new state). When the Parliament passes the (Telangana) bill, the new state will come,” he said.

The high-powered ministerial panel had detailed discussions over sharing of river water, power, distribution of assets and demarcating of boundaries in its two meetings held early this month.

The GoM will also look into the legal and administrative measures required to ensure that both Telangana and the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh can function efficiently from Hyderabad as the common capital for 10 years.

Detailed reports, department-wise, are now being prepared and will be presented before the next meeting of the GoM to be held on November 7.

The panel was constituted to address all the issues that need resolution at the central and state government levels in the matter.

After its first meeting on October 11, the GoM had said it would address all concerns of the people of Andhra Pradesh with “fairness and objectivity”.

The GoM has already discussed the approach and methodology to be adopted by it and said it would take the opinions of stakeholders on all important subjects while formulating its recommendations.

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