Bill for creation of Telangana gets assent of Union Cabinet
The Union Cabinet has approved for the creation of Telangana with 10 districts and sketched the draft for carving out the India’s 29th state from the current Andhra Pradesh.
The Cabinet chaired by PM Manmohan Singh gave its nod to a draft reorganization bill based on the recommendations of Group of Ministers (GoM) and dropped a debatable move to add two districts of Rayalaseema to Telangana.
Now, the bill will be sent to the President with a request to make a reference to Andhra Pradesh assembly to obtain its views. The government intends to bring the bill in the winter session of parliament but it depends on when the President returns the bill after signing it.
Highlights of the Telangana Bill:
- Telangana will have 10 districts and the rest of Andhra Pradesh 13 districts.
- Both the states will have Hyderabad as their capital for a period not exceeding 10 years.
- Governor of Telangana will have to bear a special responsibility for security of life, liberty and property of all those who reside in the common capital area. The Governor may be assisted by two advisors to be appointed by the Government of India (GoI).
- Financial and other assistance to the creation of a new capital for the successor state of Andhra Pradesh will be provided by the Government of India. The capital will be recommended by an expert panel.
- For proper management of water resources and projects on Krishna and Godavari rivers, institutional mechanism with full involvement and participation of government of India will be set up.
- Polavaram will be declared as a national project and will be executed by the union government following all environmental and R&R norms.
- There are detailed provisions in the bill on matters relating to coal, power, oil and gas, division of assets and liabilities and allocation of government employees.
- Article 371 D will continue for the both states to ensure equitable opportunities for education and public employment.
Current admission quotas in higher technical and medical institutions will remain for a period not exceeding 5 years.