‘Andhra Pradesh is insisting on sharing of assets on population basis’
The ongoing consultation process between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh over bifurcation of Schedule IX and X institutions appears to have hit a road block again with the neighbouring State insisting on sharing of assets on population basis.
The Telangana government is firm that the assets of the schedule IX institutions belong to the State where they are located and the contention has been upheld by the Supreme Court too. The neighbouring State government, however, filed an appeal in the High Court of Judicature of Telangana and AP and the case was transferred to the AP High Court consequent on the bifurcation of the judicial body.
Officials recalled how the State government took a clear stand on the institutions like Eastern and Southern Power Distribution Companies, Krishnapatnam International Leather Complex Limited, Vizag Apparel Park Limited and others which are exclusively located in AP. The neighbouring State is, however, not forthcoming in taking a similar stand.
Another area of contention is the recommendations made by the expert committee headed by Sheela Bhide. The Andhra Pradesh government is said to be asking Telangana to accept the recommendations of the committee in toto at a time when the Telangana government had conveyed its reservations against some of the recommendations.
“Some of the recommendations of the committee are at variance of the existing norms and we have accordingly conveyed our objections to them,” a senior official told The Hindu.
With the two States sticking to their respective stances, the meeting between the Chief Secretaries of the two States in the presence of Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Wednesday had been postponed.
It’s up to the CMs
Senior officials engaged in the bifurcation process did not foresee any opportunity for the meeting of the Chief Secretaries in the immediate future as the decision is now left to the Chief Ministers of the two States. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his AP counterpart Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy should evolve a roadmap on how to resolve the deadlock and proceed further on the contentious issues.
“Both the Chief Ministers are positive when it comes to resolving all the pending issues. It is for them to take a call on the issues as and when they meet,” the official said.