The developments and happenings in New Delhi and Hyderabad on Thursday look like the Centre is moving towards bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and is making efforts to give a shape to it.
The summoning of higher officials to National Capital including chief secretary Minnie Mathew, DGP Dinesh Reddy, intelligence DGP Mahender Reddy, principal secretary for power Mrityunjaya Sahoo, principal secretary for major irrigation Adityanath Das and principal secretary for revenue BL Meena has given rise to speculation that the centre was working out a solution for the long pending Telangana issue.
Minister for Finance Anam Ramnarayana Reddy and principal secretary for finance Bhaskar are in Delhi for the last two days to attend the state finance ministers’ meeting as a part of pre-budget parleys. Though the official sources in Hyderabad on record say that the senior officials have gone to for attending scheduled meetings and that it had nothing more to it, it is believed that the Centre has asked them to rush to Delhi to know about the details in regard to issues like water sharing, mineral resources, land details etc.
It is said that even officials of civil aviation, Survey of India and Railways have also been asked to send some information in a sealed cover.
The Centre wants to know details about administrative matters, law and order, irrigation and infrastructure. In this backdrop, the sudden tour of higher officials to Delhi and meeting with central officials, the corridors of IAS officials in Secretariat became hyper active and were agog that the centre was about to announce its decision in favour of bifurcation of the state.
An official in revenue department, on the basis of anonymity said, “Dal mein kuch kala hai” (Something is cooking).
Handlooms and Textiles Minister G Prasada Rao said that the gestures of the Centre gave a clear indication that serious activities are on for solving the long pending T-issue. He said that Centre may announce its decision any time after January 20. Another official in forest department said, “It seems Centre sent signals towards in favour of T to test the response”. [The Hans India]