Srikrishna panel to hold T talks

As part of the consultation process, the Justice B.N. Srikrishna committee on Telangana is likely to come out with a public notice on Saturday seeking suggestions and views from public, political parties and outfits on the separate statehood issue.

Justice Srikrishna is likely to travel to Hyderabad next month to hold discussions with political parties and leaders of organisations for and against Telangana.

The five-member committee constituted by the Centre on February 3 had its first meeting on February 13 and will meet again on February 25 to formulate its strategy on moving forward on the vexed issue that has virtually divided political parties in Andhra Pradesh on regional lines.

Vinod K. Duggal, former Home Secretary and Member- Secretary of the committee, which will also examine the demands for keeping Andhra Pradesh united, said the public notice will be issued in English newspapers in New Delhi, all Telugu, English, Urdu and Hindi newspapers in Andhra Pradesh.

"The public notice is likely to be issued on February 20. The notice will have the complete Terms and Reference for the committee and will invite suggestions and views from people of all regions and sections of Andhra Pradesh. I have consulted the Chairman of the panel many times before finalising the notice," said Duggal.

He said the views and suggestions can be in the form of memorandum and letters and should be sent to the committee within a month’s time.(PTI)

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