Centre moves at lightning speed

Centre moves at  lightning speed
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qCentre Moves at Lightning Speed, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Telangana Bill. Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday signalled that the Telangana Bill would be fast-tracked and readied by November end. He held an important review meeting in a bid to expedite the process for the creation of Telangana.

  • Shinde: T Bill will be introduced in winter session
  • Holds review with top officials to hasten process
  • Calls for dept-wise inputs by November 5
  • GoM to take a call on them on November 7
  • PM had said T would be a reality before Elections

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday signalled that the Telangana Bill would be fast-tracked and readied by November end. He held an important review meeting in a bid to expedite the process for the creation of Telangana.

Without waiting for different Ministries to submit their inputs to the GoM on Telangana, Shinde took the initiative to call a meeting of Secretaries of various Ministries to hasten the process of the GoM.

The meeting, chaired by Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami, was attended by a number of Secretaries from Power, Water Resources, Finance, HRD, Rural Development and Petroleum Ministries. It sought from them inputs on various issues involved in the creation of Telangana. The Home Ministry would piece them together and place it before the GoM on November 7 to take a call on various issues involved in the creation of Telangana.

According to sources, the Home Ministry will put together the department-wise inputs by November 5 ahead of the GoM meeting on November 7. Once the Telangana Bill is ready, it will go to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly in November-end and after it comes back, the Telangana Bill will be taken to Parliament during the Winter Session in December.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde made it clear that the Bill would be ready soon, by November itself, ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament, indicating that the GoM was all set to fast-track the process. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday night also expressed confidence that Telangana would become a reality before the General Election in 2014.

While returning home from his tour of Russia and China, on board the special aircraft, the Prime Minister stated, “The matter is now before the Group of Ministers (GoM). They are going into all aspects of the problem and I am sure they will come out with viable solution to this very difficult and complicated problem.”

The GoM is at present fine-tuning the various issues involved in the creation of Telangana. Immediately after that, the Bill would be readied. At its first meeting on October 11, the GoM had said it would address all concerns of the people of AP with “fairness and objectivity.” At the second meeting on Oct 19, it discussed the approach and methodology to be adopted and decided to take the opinions of stakeholders on all important subjects, while formulating its recommendations.

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