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GoM on Telangana holds first meeting, says will consider all issues fairly

File photo of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
File photo of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
The Group of Ministers (GoM), headed by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, to consider issues relating to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and the creation of a new state of Telangana, held its first meeting here today and  assured all the people of Andhra Pradesh that all relevant issues as well as their concerns would be addressed with fairness and objectivity.
 
An official press release said that, at today's meeting, the GoM discussed the approach and methodology to be adopted by it.
 
"The GoM would take the opinion of stakeholders on all important subjects while formulating its recommendations," the release said.
 
It said the GoM has finalized the different nodal Ministries and Departments of the Central Government who will prepare status reports which will be submitted to the GoM on the subjects in the Terms of Reference.
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Information in this regard will also be sought from the State Government and this process will start immediately, the release said.
 
The next meeting of the GoM will be held on October 19, the release added.
 
The GoM was set up after the Union Cabinet, on October 3, approved the creation of a separate state of Telangana out of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh and decided that Hyderabad would be the common capital of the two states for 10 years.
 
The Cabinet decided to set up the GoM to work out the modalities in this regard, including the various legal and administrative measures to ensure the safety and security of the residents of all the regions of the State including the guarantee of the Fundamental Rights. 
 
The GoM will also go into the various issues which concern both the States and suggest appropriate measures to address them.
 
It will also work out the modalities for the provision of special financial disbursements required for the setting up of a new capital for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh and to meet the special needs of the backward regions and districts of the two States. 
 
The Centre's decision to go ahead with the creation of the new state has evoked strong protests in the Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh.
 
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