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In two days, Centre changed GoM on Telangana composition, brining all AP-familiar faces
Now Defence Minister A K Antony will head the seven-member Group of Ministers (GoM) team on Telangana. Two days ago the Centre stated financive minister P Chidambaram will be heading the 10-member GoM. Now the number of ministers was reduced and also most of the ministers were replaced.

Incidentally, Antony is also heading a four-member team constituted by Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi to look into grievances of Seemandhra people in the light of party?s decision to bifurcate the state.

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According to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Smt. Sonia Gandhi, GoM need to examine the report being presented by A K Antony Committee.  People from Seemandhra region are opposing the move and agitating since more than 10 weeks protesting center?s move.

Notably, in the reorganised the high-powered ministerial panel lone minister from the state HRD Minister M. Pallam Raju was dropped. Just a day ago, Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi persuaded him for not to press for his resignation from the cabinet protesting against cabinet decision on Telangana so that to continue bring his concerns of the people from Seemandhra region being member of GoM.

Though several Congress leaders from Seemandhra region requested A K Antony committee to visit their region to have first hand knowledge on emotions of the people, for the last two months it failed to turned up.

Other members of the GoM are Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas M. Veerappa Moily and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh are the members of the reconstituted GoM.

Minister of State for Personnel and Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy will be the Special Invitee in the reconstituted Group of Ministers which will look into the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and formation of Telangana. While Chidambaram earlier as Home Minister dealt with Telangana issue, Antony is presently heading party panel and Home Minister is dealing with the issue in the cabinet.

Both Azad and Veerappa Moily, besides Narayana Swamy were earlier Congress party incharges for Andhra Pradesh and Jairam Ramesh elected to Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh. As all of them are labeled as having their own notions on Andhra Politics, the GoM is likely to attract some suspicions among some sections of the state.

The Union Ministers dropped from the GoM are Law Minister Kapil Sibal, Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, Road Transport Minister Oscar Fernandes, Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia besides Pallam Raju.

The terms of reference of the GoM are:

(i) Determine the boundaries of the new state of Telangana and the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh with reference to the electoral constituencies, judicial and statutory bodies, and other administrative units

(ii) Look into the legal and administrative measures required to ensure that both the state governments can function efficiently from Hyderabad as the common capital for 10 years,

(iii) Take into account the legal, financial and administrative measures that may be required for transition to a new capital of the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh,

(iv) Look into the special needs of the backward regions and districts of both the states and recommend measures,

(v) Look into the issues relating to law and order, safety and security of all residents and to ensure peace and harmony in all regions and districts consequent to the formation of the state of Telangana and the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh, and the long term internal security implications arising out of the creation of the two states and make suitable recommendations,

(vi) Look into the sharing of river water, irrigation resources and other natural resources (especially coal, water, oil and gas) between the two States and also inter-se with other States, including the declaration of Polavaram Irrigation Project as a National Project,

(vii) Look into the issues related to power generation, transmission and distribution between the two states,

(viii) Look into the issues arising on account of distribution of assets, public finance, public corporations and liabilities thereof between the two states,

(ix) Look into the issues relating to the distribution of the employees in the subordinate as well as All India Services between the two states,

(x) Look into the issues arising out of the Presidential Order issued under Article 371D of the Constitution consequent to the bifurcation, and

(xi) Examine any other matter that may arise on account of bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh and make suitable recommendations.

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