Consult all sections: Govt tells Telangana panel

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Consult all sections on Telangana: Govt
New Delhi, Feb 12: The government has asked the five-member Telangana committee to consult and assess the arguments of all sections of Andhra Pradesh on the issue of craving out a separate state of Telangana against keeping the state in the present status of unified Andhra Pradesh.

In its seven points terms of reference (ToR), the government told the 'T' committee to evaluate "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."

The committee headed by Justice (Retd) BN Srikrishna is also expected to “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."

The ToR adds, “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."

Besides stressing on the need to consult all the fractions of the society including political parties, organisations of other civil societies such as industries, trade unions, farmer organisations; the government also expects the 'T' committee to identify the key issues that must be addressed while considering the matter.

The other four members of the committee are Ranbir Singh, Abusaleh Shariff, Ravinder Kaur and former home secretary Vinod K Duggal.

The committee is expected to submit its report by Dec 31, 2010.

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