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5 panels to oversee bifurcation process

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Five official committees will be constituted once the Andhra Pradesh Re-organization Bill gets passed in Parliament to monitor the sharing of assets and liabilities of Andhra Pradesh with Telangana, the new state sought to be carved out of it.

work to begin once Bill passed in Parliament

A Ravindra Seshu

Hyderabad: Five official committees will be constituted once the Andhra Pradesh Re-organization Bill gets passed in Parliament to monitor the sharing of assets and liabilities of Andhra Pradesh with Telangana, the new state sought to be carved out of it.

The panels will monitor the decision-making exercise while settling the claims of the two sides over revenues, taxes, corporations, natural resources, employees, movable and immovable properties, legal and miscellaneous provisions, land and infrastructure, new Secretariat and Assembly of both States, according to highly informed sources.

They will comprise apart from government nominees, experts and senior officials from major departments. The new bill may be called Andhra Pradesh Re-organization Bill. Sources said that the Bill would give powers to constitute committees to sort out any issues coming up during the bifurcation.

Sources said that the total of cash balances in all treasuries and credit balances of Andhra Pradesh would be decided according to the population ratio of two states. Sources said, “There is a possibility of sharing the Hyderabad revenue for ten years.”

The first committee would look after the modalities of the land bifurcation between the two states. Second one will finalise the sharing of natural resources mainly water between the two states. The Centre may, as and when it considers necessary, constitute an Inter-State River Water Board, after consultations with the two States, for the planning and development of inter-state rivers and river valleys.

Another committee will decide on sharing revenue, assets and liabilities, and also sharing the income of Hyderabad for ten years by the two States. The issues of employees, their pensions and other service problems would be dealt with by a separate committee. The last committee would decide and finalize the infrastructure required for the administrative offices of the two States in Hyderabad for a period of 10 years along with the Secretariat and Assembly.

Citing the example of AP Mineral Development Corporation, an official said, “All the projects of APMDC are in Seemandhra districts. The committee on revenue would decide how to treat such corporations.” Sources said, “The right to recover arrears of any tax or duty on property, including arrears of land revenue, would belong to the successor State in which the property is situated.”

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