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Srikrishna Committee gives its report on Telangana

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Just a day before completing the deadline for giving its recommendations on the Telangana issue, the B N Srikrishna committee presented its report to the government today, hoping it would show a way forward.

The committee on the situation in Andhra Pradesh was set up in February this year and was asked by the government to give its recommendations by December 31. The five-member committee hoped that there would no violence once the report was made public and would also satisfy the largest number of people.

The Union government has decided to call political parties of Andhra Pradesh on January 6 to discuss the contents and hold detailed discussions on law and order. It is expected the government will make the report public soon, after the discussions.

“We have given the way forward,” said Vinod K Duggal, the panel’s member-secretary, soon after the report was given to Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Not giving out any details of the two-volume report, retired justice B N Srikrishna said the home minister would first convene the meeting of all political parties. The committee members have also spoken to political parties and leaders from Andhra Pradesh and have asked them to help maintain law and order once the report is made public.

Interestingly, all political parties have assured cooperation on this.

“You pose all your questions to the government now,” Srikrishna said after meeting the home minister. The Union government had asked the committee members to consult all sections of the people, especially political parties, industry, trade, trade unions, farmer organisations, women’s organisations and students’ organisations.

First Published: Fri, December 31 2010. 01:23 IST