New Delhi, Oct. 17: Key central ministries today missed the deadline for submitting approach papers on the division of assets in Andhra Pradesh before the creation of Telangana.
The group of ministers (GoM) had wanted the approach papers before they meet on Saturday to facilitate a realistic assessment of resources like water and power, minerals, and human resources in terms of government personnel.
Mandated by the government through a notification on October 8 to consider the division of assets, the seven-member GoM headed by Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde held its first meeting last Friday. The home ministry had after that written to the key ministries seeking their reports by today.
“They have not sent the report (though) today was the cut-off date, we are following up with the ministries,” said a senior government official.
Petroleum minister Veerappa Moily told The Telegraph yesterday that though there is no deadline for the creation of the new state, the GoM had hoped to get the approach papers in time for this week’s meeting.
The chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh also had been told to submit a report on the state’s assets. No response has been received from that end too, sources added.
If the papers are submitted by tomorrow, this week’s meeting could set out the broad contours for division of assets besides a special package for the restive Seemandhra region that is up in arms against bifurcation. Without an assessment of the assets, the Saturday meeting could be inconclusive.
If the process goes along smoothly, officials said, the draft bill for the creation of Telangana could be sent to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly by November 25. The normal duration for bifurcation of a state is about four months but the government would prefer timelines to be crunched.
The Centre has also asked the public to send their feedback to the GoM on the email address, email@example.com. Details about the terms of reference of the GoM have been put up on the website of the home ministry.
Among the GoM, defence minister A.K Antony has been entrusted with border issues and defence installations matters and Shinde with handling of common capital Hyderabad and issues of law and order and fundamental rights. Moily is in charge of the legal issues while minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will take care of health, education and employment.
Department of personnel training minister V. Narayanasamy has been given responsibility for the distribution of employees in the state and the all-India services. Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh will identify backward areas, chalk out special packages and look after water resources and environment. Finance minister P. Chidambaram will tackle issues arising on account of distribution of assets, public finance, public corporations and their liabilities between the two states.
Among the key ministries that are yet to submit reports are the DoPT, petroleum and natural gas, mines, power and water resources, to name a few.