Justice Srikrishna ‘clarifies’ PC word on T

Hyderabad: Justice BN Srikrishna on Friday clarified that carving out a new State out of Andhra Pradesh will not be possible without addressing the broader issues involved and felt the Dec 9 statement of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had been misunderstood. ‘‘A few words here and a few words there in the statement were picked which resulted in trouble,’’ he said.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Justice Srikrishna reiterated that the committee of which he is the chairman was constituted to find a solution to the long-pending demand of separate Telangana and related issues. His colleague and committee member-secretary VK Duggal, who intervened, said the panel would come up with all possible options for resolving the current situation in the State apart from citing reasons for and against formation of a separate State.

On apprehensions of some stakeholders that the committee was being misled by presentation of erroneous data, Duggal replied that arrangements were being made to post all possible technical information on a website for public scrutiny.

Justice Srirkrishna also sought to dispel fears that his committee’s report would also meet with the same fate as that of other panels on Telangana. ‘‘There is no need to doubt the committee as each panel has a specific purpose. What made Lord Vishnu to come down to earth in 10 avatars, not nine? Every avatar has its own purpose,’’ he quipped.

The committee will start interacting with the various stakeholders in the State from early April.

While the Lake View Guest House will be used for discussions with smaller groups, the Jubilee Hall will serve the purpose in case of larger crowds. The Marri Channa Reddy Human Resources Development (MCRHRD) Institute will work as a back-up venue. The committee members decided against having a permanent office in Hyderabad as they felt such a base would put them under pressure and make it difficult to deliver the goods.

Earlier, Chief Minister K Rosaiah and Chief Secretary SV Prasad called on the committee members at the Lake View Guest House and briefed them on the arrangements for their visits to the State including staff, accommodation and data supply. The committee members visited Jubilee Hall and MCRHRD Institute before leaving for Delhi.

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