I have been witnessing the agitation for separate state hood for Telangana region since my childhood. The Congress party as well as the Union Government has decided to do the needful. The draft bill which has been sent to the AP assembly needs rectification.
The preliminary version of the A P Reorganisation bill, 2013 do contains some flaws in Part IV-Clause 34 (1), Part XII-Clause 96 and 98, which show that neither the concerned Secretaries of the Union Law Ministry, Home Ministry nor Hon'ble President office have read thoroughly before despatching the same.
The bill on the whole has been prepared on the basis of cut and paste and in a casual manner by the Union Government just to score a point among the voters of Telangana for the speedy passage of the bill. When there is no provision for making amendments and voting on clause wise, why the bill has been sent to the assembly. Isn't it just waste of the public money and valuable assembly hours?
On the bifurcation issue, the Union Government has been working for several years. Then why it has not appointed an expert committee to study various alternatives regarding the new capital for the successor State of Andhra Pradesh, before preparing the bill?
When the Governor will be given the responsibility on law & order and other issues as well as Special responsibility for the security of life etc to all those in the common capital area, why he needs to consult the council of ministers of Telangana to exercise his individual judgement?
The elected representatives from the State of Andhra Pradesh are consistently saying that, there is need for constitutional amendment on Common Capital and Special Responsibility issues. There should have been clarifications on the constitutional amendment issue in the bill.
The Union Government promises of financial assistance to maintain, administer and setting up operational hubs for Greyhounds Force, Higher Educational Institutions, creation of essential facilities in the new capital of the successor State of Andhra Pradesh.
It is a known fact that, the Union Government is still keeping pending the release of certain crores of rupees awarded as relief to this present state due to natural calamities which had happened during past several years, against such background can one expect such huge funding in the successor state in the future?
The proposal of River Water Management Board is good on paper. But, why the Union Government has thought of linking rivers like Vamsadhara, Godavari, Krishna, Tungabhadra and Pennar that are flowing through the successor state of Andhra Pradesh.
The Union Government having collected all the statistics from the A P State officials on value of total assets, revenue & expenditure, liabilities, etc why it failed to reflect in the bill?
At least now without loosing much time the Union Government, if it is sincere in giving equitable justice to the people of both the states, should rectify lacunae in the draft bill and send it to the AP Assembly as well as allow to do clause wise amendments and voting for the smooth passage of the bill.
Hope, the Hon'ble President of India and others concerned in the matter will intervene to do justice to the vexed issue immediately.