Even as Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday to urge him fixing the date for the formation of Telangana state, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, who is one of the GoMs on Telangana, wrote three letters to Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy requesting them to speed up the process of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
TRS MP Manda Jagannath, who accompanied Rao, told mediapersons that KCR thanked the Prime Minister and submitted a memorandum requesting the Centre’s help to set up an AIIMS and IIM in Telangana region, and also to give special status to the new state.
Since the meeting took place in the backdrop of the Congress-TRS negotiations on a merger or alliance, the government appeared eager to take up the TRS chief’s request for expediting the bifurcation process on board.
Also working on the Prime Minister’s commitments given on the floor of the Upper House, Jairam asked Ahluwalia to ‘immediately create a special cell’ to implement the package proposed for Seemandhra.
The Planning Commission special cell will be implementing the developmental needs of the successor state of Andhra Pradesh in their totality and also ensure adequate financing for fulfilling them.
Similarly, Jairam has also written to Narayanasamy to immediately instruct Department of Personnel to constitute two committees for the allocation of personnel to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Of the two DoPT committees, Jairam noted in his letter, one would deal with the allocation of officers belonging to All-India Services and the other would deal with the allotment of state-level service officers.