A way to resolve the crisis
Pending the final decision of the Government of India regarding the division of Andhra Pradesh the following arrangements can be considered: Three...
1. Three Deputy Chief Ministers can be appointed representing the three regions of the State.
2. The governance of the State can be guided by a committee of five consisting of the Chief Minister; the Deputy Chief Ministers and three ministers concerned. If any coalition partner is not represented on the committee, its representative can be invited to every meeting.
3 The State budget can be prepared by the Committee of Five .
4. Each district's income can be spent in the district itself, except in the case of GHMC area.
5. The surplus income of the GHMC area (the income after deducting its maintenance expenditure) can be used for the development of different areas on the following lines: 20% for GHMC area; 40% for other parts of Telangana; 15% for Rayalaseema; 15% for Coastal Districts; and 10% for inter-regional purposes
6. Expenditure in different areas will be supervised by the Deputy Chief Minister concerned.
7. The State can be renamed Telugu Seema , which will remain the umbrella unit under which the separate states can cooperate with one another.
After August 2014, the State can be reorganized as three states:
- Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital
- Mahaseema (Rayalaseema + Nellore+Prakasam dts) with Somasila as its capital, to be developed as an administrative city
- Andhra with an administrative capital to be developed between Vijayawada and Eluru Hyderabad can be declared the second capital of India, as suggested by Dr BR Ambedkar in 1955.The Union government can work out the administrative details with the Government of Telangana. Once this is done the surplus income will not be shared by Non-Telangana districts of AP. Dr Ambedkar’s idea of Regional Federalism can be adapted and adopted here.
(The writer is former Professor of English, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, and Undersecretary, UPSC)