Govt clears Telangana with 10 dists, special status for Andhra under Art 371-D

TelanganaHyderabad will remain joint capital for both Telangana and Seemandhra for 10 years.

The Union Cabinet on Thursday evening cleared a parliamentary bill for creation of a Telangana state with 10 districts.

While demanding the bill to be tabled in the Winter Session of the parliament, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that Hyderabad will be the common capital for both the states but for a period not exceeding 10 years.

Further, both states will be given special status under Article 371-D of Constitution for equitable opportunities.

Earlier, it was learnt that the GoM headed by Shinde had shelved the plan to include two districts of Rayala Telangana into Telangana. The bill, slated to be introduced before the cabinet shortly, will only propose ten districts as stated by Congress Working Committee (CWC). The Cabinet is likely to meet in the evening and clear the formation, said sources.

The GoM is also learnt to have proposed giving the control of Hyderabad to a Governor's council. The modalities of this council will be decided at a later stage. The city will remain joint capital for both Telangana and Seemandhra for 10 years, as per the Congress Working Committee (CWC) resolution. The GoM is also learnt to have taken decision over sharing of water between the two States and establishment of a new High Court over a period of time.

The GoM, in its meeting also fine-tuned issues related to distribution of assets, sharing of water, demarcation of boundaries and divisions of officers' cadre. The GoM is believed to have recommended providing special status to both the states under Article 371-D of the Constitution.

Despite GoM recommendations, the issue of Hyderabad still continues to be contentious as Seemandhra leaders are demanding protection of lives and property of Seemandhra people settled in Hyderabad after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. One of the options is handing over law and order responsibility and revenue department to the central government under a special provision of the Constitution.

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