Proposal to include 2 more districts in Telengana dropped by GoM

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New Delhi, Dec 5: The proposal for including two more districts from Rayala Telangana to Telangana has been put down by the Group of Ministers, which was set up by the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and headed by the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

The Bill that is slated to be proposed to the Cabinet will have only 10 districts as stated by the Congress Working Committee or the CWC. The Cabinet is likely to meet in the evening and clear the formation.

The GoM is also likely to propose giving the control of the capital city of Hyderabad to the Governer's council, the modalities of which will be decided at a later stage.

For now, as per the CWC resolution, Hyderabad would remain the joint capital for both Telengana and Seemandhra for the next 10 years. The GoM is also likely to take a decision on the water sharing between the two states.

Apart from this, other things that are to be discussed include the formation of High Court, distribution of assets, demarcation of boundaries and division of officers' cadres. In fact, the GoM has advised providing special status to both the states under Article 371-D of the Constitution.

However, despite the clauses of the Bill, there are contentions pertaining the protection of lives and properties of Seemandhra people settled in Hyderabad after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. A probable solution is to hand over the law and order of the state to the central government under a special provision of the government.

The GoM is also said to have recommended that the draft of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill be renamed Andhra Pradesh and Telangana reorganisation Bill. This would not only prevent an amendment in the Constitution, but also let both the states enjoy their special status.

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