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GoM on Telangana discusses terms of reference, next meeting on 7 Nov

The Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana met here on Saturday and discussed its terms of reference in detail.

Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde after the meeting told media that the Group of Ministers has asked secretaries of concerned departments to sit with officials of the Andhra Pradesh government and make a detailed report on bifurcation.

Shinde said that about 2000 e-mails have been received by his ministry and the mails are being sent to the concerned departments.

The home minister further said the next meeting of the GoM on Telangana will be held on 7th of next month.

Defence minister AK Antony, who is a member of the GoM, was not present in Saturday’s meeting.
The GoM, headed by Shinde, was constituted to address all the issues that need resolution at the central and state government levels in the matter.

After its first meeting on 11 October, the GoM had said that it would address all concerns of the people of Andhra Pradesh with ‘fairness and objectivity’.

Stating that the GoM on Telangana will submit its report as early as possible, Shinde had earlier this month said justice will be given to people of Andhra Pradesh.

The Central Government had earlier this month reorganized the GoM, cutting its strength from 10 to seven ministers.

The members now include Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, defence minister AK Antony, finance minister P Chidambaram, Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union petroleum and natural gas minister Veerappa Moily and Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh.
Minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy shall be a special invitee.

On 3 October, the Union Cabinet had decided to go ahead with the process for the creation of a separate Telangana state carved out from Andhra Pradesh.

Congress treating Telangana as an internal party matter: BJP


New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday accused the Congress-led UPA government of mismanaging the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, and said the Centre was treating it as an internal party matter.

‘Congress has mismanaged the entire issue. It is treating this as a family matter and an internal party matter. They have not taken their own party men into confidence. They want to create hurdles. The Congress chief minister and his supporters say they will defeat the resolution,’ he told media here on Saturday.

‘So, if anybody has got any doubt, their doubt should be directed towards the Congress Party, not towards Bharatiya Janata Party,’ he added.
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