- Will the problems between Telangana and AP be resolved?
- Controversies that have not been resolved over the years
- 9 and 10 schedule organizations are the main ones
- Center met with both states today
- Doubts on CS Somesh’s attendance
- Finance Department Special to attend
- CS Ramakrishna Rao
Hyderabad, September 26 (Andhra Jyoti): Although years have passed since the division of the state, the problems between the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana do not go away. No matter how many meetings are held to resolve these, there is no result. There are criticisms that the central government listens to the arguments of both the states and does not provide a solution. The issues are not being resolved as per the provisions of the law and the guidelines of the Supreme Court. So far 25 meetings have been held between the two Telugu states. Meetings were held three times this year. A meeting is going to be held once again on Tuesday (27) under the auspices of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla. But whether a solution will be found this time means.. there is a situation that cannot be said. In fact, the most crucial point between the two states is the entities in Schedules 9 and 10 of the Partition Act. There are 91 corporations in the 9th schedule and 142 educational institutions and academies in the 10th schedule.
The Shila Bhide Expert Committee set up by the Union Government of Andhra Pradesh has submitted reports to the Center on 90 institutions in the 9th Schedule. But, there are differences between the two states over the headquarters of these organizations. Due to this, disputes related to organizations like APSRTC, Dairy Development Corporation, Civil Supplies Corporation, DIL and State Finance Corporation remained pending without resolution. The Supreme Court has directed that only the cash reserves should be shared on the basis of population in relation to the institutions in the 10th schedule. However, the AP government did not agree to this and approached the High Court, which is pending. Telangana wants to withdraw this case. As these two states are listening to whose argument they are not getting a solution.
Resolution of inter-state water dispute at the level of CMs…
The issue of distribution of Krishna River waters is to be resolved under Section-3 of the Inter-State River Water Disputes Settlement Act-1956. As this is a very critical issue, it is unlikely to be resolved at the authorities level. There will be a chance for a solution in the meeting of the Apex Committee in which the Union Minister of Water Resources is the Chairman and the Chief Ministers of both the states are members. But, the meeting is not taking place at that level. Telangana wants to hand over the issue to the River Water Dispute Settlement Tribunal. It is said that due to non-resolution of this problem, net water allocation is not being done for irrigation projects like Palamuru-Rangareddy and Dindi, which is resulting in a loss to the state. Apart from this, the Central Electricity Department has recently written a letter to the Chief Secretary of the state government asking Telangana discoms to pay Rs.3,441.78 crores as principal and Rs.3,315.14 crores as delinquency fee to AP Genco regarding electricity dues. However, Telangana says that its power companies owe Rs.17,828 crore dues from AP. It remains to be seen whether any way will be found in Tuesday’s meeting.
On the other hand, after the formation of Telangana, the Center mistakenly transferred Rs.495.20 crores due to the state under Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) to Andhra Pradesh. Telangana wants these to be given to them from AP. The demerger of ‘Andhra Pradesh Heavy Machinery and Engineering Limited (Appel)’, a subsidiary of Singareni, is also not complete. The state government claims that its properties will belong to Telangana. But, AP wants to divide the assets. The division of Andhra Bhavan in Delhi has not been completed.
Will CS attend?
K. Ramakrishna Rao, Special Principal Secretary, Finance Department, will attend the meeting on Tuesday on behalf of the state government. In fact, the central government has asked the chief secretaries of both the state governments and the chief secretaries of other departments to attend. But, it is learned that Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar may not attend this meeting. As Ramakrishna Rao is attending, CS may not go. It is known that he has already informed other officials to this extent. It is reported that CS and other officials from Andhra Pradesh are likely to attend this meeting which will be held crucially on the issues of partition. AP wants to have more numerical strength to explain the issues on behalf of that state. But… key officials like CS are not going from Telangana to make their voices heard. Opinions are being expressed that if the CS, who is the boss of the IAS officers and the representative of the government, attends, it will be balanced.