Article 371 (D) continued, not a curb on Telangana: Jaipal Reddy

Article 371 (D) continued, not a curb on Telangana: Jaipal Reddy - Sakshi Post

Central ministers from Telangana in New Delhi on Monday urged a Group of Ministers (GoM) to ensure formation of a separate Telangana state which includes both Hyderabad and Bhadrachalam.

Three central ministers from the region called on the GoM, which is looking into various issues related to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and formation of Telangana state.
The ministers submitted a 12-page report to the GoM headed by Union Home Minister Sushikumar Shinde.
Union Science and Technology Minister S. Jaipal Reddy, Minister of State for Transport Sarve Satyanarayana and Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment P. Balram Naik explained to the GoM the reasons why a Telangana state should be created.
Making a 30-minute presentation, Jaipal Reddy stressed the need for formation of Telangana state without any conditions. He argued that Hyderabad is an integral part of Telangana and it should be the capital of Telangana state.
Jaipal Reddy said there was no difference of opinion between government employees of Telangana and Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) over continuing Article 371 D (which provides certain safeguards to Seemandhra in employment).
He said a tribunal would be adequate for sharing of Krishna river water but there was no need for a tribunal for Godavari water.
Balram Naik told the GoM that Bhadrachalam division of Khammam district had been a part of Telangana and it should be included in Telangana state. He pointed out that people in the temple town had been agitating against merger with Seemandhra.

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