Centre Determined to Serve T Despite Stiff Resistance
By Express News Service | Published: 05th February 2014 07:54 AM |
Despite strong opposition from Seemandhra leaders, the Centre is preparing to introduce the AP State Reorganisation Bill - 2013 in the Parliament session scheduled to commence Wednesday.
The Group of Ministers (GoM) on AP bifurcation discussed the bill on Tuesday and cleared it with a few changes and it will be placed before the Union Cabinet on Thursday.
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who heads the GoM, is learnt to have written to the Rajya Sabha Chairman seeking time to move the bill in the Upper House on Feb 10. However, there is no official confirmation of this.
The bill will be sent to the Union Cabinet on Thursday, and the next day, to President Pranab Mukherjee.
The bill was cleared by the GoM with certain technical amendments in less than half an hour.
“The GoM has cleared the draft Telangana bill,” Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is a member of the GoM, told reporters. Sources said the GoM discussed some procedural changes and suggestions forwarded by the Union ministers from Seemandhra. At least four ministers from Seemandhra met GoM members before the meeting in North Block to discuss certain issues.
“They were informed that suggestions, including special economic package and additional funds for the new capital, were incorporated in the bill. Sources said it is likely to be taken up by the Parliament next week.
As per the GoM recommendations, Telangana state will have 10 districts and residuary state of Andhra Pradesh will have 13 districts. Telangana will have 119 elected MLAs, 40 MLCs, 17 MPs of Lok Sabha and seven MPs of Rajya Sabha. The successor state of Andhra Pradesh will have 175 elected MLAs, 50 MLCs, 25 MPs of Lok Sabha and 11 MPs of Rajya Sabha.
The GoM recommended setting up of an IIM and an IIT in the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh and an AIIMS-type super speciality hospital-cum-teaching institution. It had promised additional funds for the creation of a new capital for residuary state.Meanwhile, describing Telagana as a vital issue, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday hoped that the bill for the creation of a separate state will be passed in Parliament.
“This is going to be the last session of the 15th Lok Sabha. There are important legislations which are pending for approval by Parliament. There is an important legislation relating to anti-corruption
measures,” Manmohan Singh said after an all-party meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.Uncertainty over the smooth functioning of both the Houses of Parliament continues, as is evident from the comments made by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj after the meeting.
While Kamal Nath wanted genuine support from the opposition on Telangana and anti-graft bills, Sushma suggested that Congress should put its house in order first.