Cabinet passes Telangana Bill
The Union Cabinet on Friday passed the controversial Telangana Bill which will bifurcate Andhra Pradesh for the creation of a separate Telangana state.
It was passed during a special meeting of the Cabinet, reports said.
The Telangana Bill will be now sent for Presidential ascent and then will be debated in Parliament again for a final vote.
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by Congress has assured to introduce the Telangana bill in Parliament with the Prime Minister himself hoping that the Telangana Bill will be passed in its last session before the next general elections.
The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Jan 30 rejected the Telangana Bill before being adjourned sine die.
The new state of Telangana is expected to have 10 districts, a population of 35.38 million and an area of 1.14 lakh square km and including Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad, which will serve as a common capital for 10 years.
The GoM (Group of Ministers) earlier had submitted its draft on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creation of Telangana as the 29th state of India.
India's ruling Congress party in July 2013 approved a move to carve out the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, giving in to a five-decade-long demand from supporters in a major decision ahead of 2014 elections.
Officially urging the government to take constitutional steps that will see the state's formation, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) passed a resolution on the same.
The Telangana region, which merged with Andhra Pradesh in 1956 against the wishes of many local residents, comprises 10 districts - Adilabad, Hyderabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, and Warangal.
(Posted on 07-02-2014)