GoM may finalize its report on Telangana state by month end

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Group-of-MinistersNew Delhi: The Group of Ministers headed by Union Home Minister  Sushil Kumar Shinde , which is entrusted with the task of completing the formation of Telangana State, might take some more time to fulfill its mission,  and is expected submit its final report by November end.

It might be recalled here that the Union Cabinet at its meeting had constituted the seven-member GoM headed by the Union Home Minister to speed up the process of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to pave way for Telangana state formation.

As part of this exercise,  the Union Home Secretary had convened a meeting of all Principal Secretaries of various departments and advised them to prepare reports in consultation with their counter parts in Andhra Pradesh  so as to go about in dealing with division and distribution of works pertaining to their respective departments.

Apart from this the Ministry of Home Affairs had also set up a Special Task Force headed by senior ex-IPS Officer of Tamilanadu K Vijayakumar to visit the Hyderababd and holding meetings with officials of various departments, especially with regard to maintenance of law and order and other allied subjects. The task force was also entrusted with the task of meeting various heads of departments to gather required inputs for distribution of work in Telangana state as well as the residuary Andhra state.

The Task Force had completed its exercise in this regard and even submitted its report to the MAH. Even the Union Home Secretary too forwarded his report based on the discussions and meetings he had with the Secretaries of various departments.

Meanwhile the Union Home Minister had also convened an all-party meeting and sent a questioner  to the eight political parties in the state to send their views and suggestions to the GoM by November 5. The other stake holders like employees unions, student representatives etc were also asked to submit their views to the GoM. Accordingly as many as one lakh representations were sent  online by various stake holders including some political parties. In fact the Congress had sent two reports, the CPI, CPM, BJP, MIM and TRS have sent one report each, while the BJP had sought time till November 7. However, the TDP and YSR Congress refused to send any report.

The GoM which had already met twice is going to holds its crucial meeting on Wednesday. This meeting would be exclusively for dealing with administrative issues as all the reports received by it from various departments would be reviewed and measures to be taken for implementation of suggestions made. The GoM is expected to  hold such meetings four or more times in the coming days before finalizing its report on administrative issues.

Meanwhile the all-party meeting with the GoM will be held for two days on November 12 and 13 when concerns, opinions and suggestions of political parties would be heard. It was decided that on the first day four political parties would interact with the ministerial panel and the remaining four the next day. It was also made clear to the parties that only one representative could represent each party.
After these meetings which are considered to deal with political issues, the GoM would finalize its report by month end  and submit to the Union Cabinet to take a final call for carving out a separate Telangana state.