Telangana committee next week: home minister

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 30 2010, 04:05am hrs
The much-talked about committee to examine the demand for a separate Telangana state would be announced next week, home minister P Chidamabaram said on Thursday.

We are almost at the end of concluding that exercise. If all goes well, we should have a committee by the end of this week. he told reporters.

The home minister said the government had more or less finalised the names and would announce them by the end of this week. Perhaps by the next week, the committee will be announced, he said.

Chidambaram, in the meeting with political parties from Andhra Pradesh on January 5, had said that its agenda was to deliberate on the mechanism and lay down a road map for consultations on the Telangana issue.

The meeting followed Chidambarams statement on December 23, 2009 when the government put on the back burner the formation of the separate state for which it had on December 9, 2009 promised to initiate a process.

On the law and order situation in Andhra Pradesh, the home minister said much of the agitation had cooled down while there were some protests here and there.

My greatest regret is that a couple of students reportedly committed suicide. That, I think, should have been completely avoided. Why should children commit suicide Parents, teachers have responsibility to stop this. But keeping that apart, by and large, things are peaceful there. There is no major law and order violation. We are sticking to our word, he said.

Meanwhile, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of political parties on Telangana reacted sharply to Chidambarams statement that the committee would be announced next week.

Nothing concrete has been said. Nothing but a clear time frame will satisfy us. People of Telangana want a clear time frame for the formation of Telangana state, convener of the JAC Kodandaram said. He said the future course of action of the JAC would be decided in a meeting later in the day.