The case for Telangana

Written by Saikat Neogi | Updated: Feb 20 2014, 08:39am hrs
While the contentious Bill to split Andhra Pradesh (AP) and create the country's 29th state, Telangana, was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, it is being debated in Rajya Sabha. Though the usual rationale for such division is regional disparity, crucial social and economic data of the state do not indicate any such differences between Telangana and Seemandhra comprising Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra.

Between FY01 and FY08, the growth in per capita income in AP was 58.4%Rayalaseema grew by 58%, Coastal Andhra Pradesh by 54%, Telangana-excluding-Hyderabad by 60% and Telangana-including-Hyderabad by 63%. Sectoral share of gross district domestic product show services account for the major share in all the regions at over 45%, followed by industry and agriculture. Telangana-excluding-Hyderabad accounts for 35% of the state's gross domestic product and coastal Andhra Pradesh accounts for 41% of the state's gross domestic product. Even in primary and higher education infrastructure, the difference is not very wide across districts.

AP has 23 districts. After the proposed division, Telangana will get 10 districts including Hyderabad, and Seemandhra will have 13 districts.