Help spread the truth about Telangana region of India. Since 1956, when Andhra and Telangana merged, Telangana has gotten the short end of the stick in terms of natural resources, funding and representation in government. Though two major rivers have their sources in Telangana, irrigation projects divert the precious water to other areas. The feelings have often spilled over into violence, and in 1969, 400 people died in Telangana-related violence.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Will conclude consultations by July: Telangana panel

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The Srikrishna Committee on Telangana issue has said it would wrap up consultations with key stakeholders by July this year and asked the Joint Action Council (JAC), spearheading the agitation for a separate state, not to boycott it.

V K Duggal, member-secretary of the five-member Committee, who arrived here Tuesday night to put in place the necessary infrastructure for starting its work, said, "We will get enough material to give a balanced report".

Faced with JAC's decision to boycott the Committee in protest against its Terms of Reference (ToR), Duggal hoped that responses would be forthcoming once the intent of the panel is understood.
"The proof of the pudding is in its eating. I am 100 percent sure that when the people see the intention, even those who are boycotting...Once they see the purpose, I have no doubt we will get enough material to give a balanced report," he said.

Asked how the Committee would take the views of those who are boycotting, Duggal said, "The voices will be counted as good response has already come.

"We have received 50 memoranda so far since February 20 when the public notice was issued. It is your option. I cannot force you. Once the intent of the Committee is known, the responses will be forthcoming," he said.

A fresh public notice could also be issued, with the approval of the Chairman of the Committee, Justice B N Srikrishna, for seeking responses, he said.

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