Telangana panel to end consultations by July

Telangana panel to end consultations by July

Hyderabad: The five-member committee on Telangana will wrap consultations with key stakeholders by July, V.K. Duggal, member-secretary said on Wednesday.

The committee, set up by the Union government to look into the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, will begin consultations with various groups and political parties from mid-March on creating a separate Telangana state, Duggal said. It has asked political parties in the state to submit their views on Telangana by 20 March.

Duggal added the panel, headed by retired Supreme Court judge B.N. Krishna, has appointed senior Andhra Pradesh-cadre bureaucrat Rajeev Sharma as its nodal officer.

He also asked the joint action council, that’s spearheading the agitation for a separate state, to not boycott the panel.