Letter to Members of Parliament

Date: April 23, 2014

The Honorable Member of Parliament,
Parliament of India,
Sansad Bhavan,
New Delhi, India.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Sub.: Requesting you to Support the "Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013" in SANSAD for the formation of "TELANGANA" as 29th State of India.

We are writing this letter to you, on behalf of Telangana Netizens Forum (TNF) living across the Globe, to request you to Support the "Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013" in SANSAD for the formation of "TELANGANA" as 29th State of India.

Telangana is the largest of the three regions of Andhra Pradesh state, covering 41.47% of its total area. It is inhabited by 40.54% of the state's population and contributes about 76% of the state's revenues, excluding the contribution of the central government. When the central government's contribution to revenue is included, Andhra Pradesh's revenue sources come from Telangana: 61.47% (including 50% from Hyderabad); from the central government: 19.86%; from Andhra: 14.71%; and from Rayalaseema: 3.90%. We have perceived injustices in the distribution of water, budget allocations, and jobs. Within the state of Andhra Pradesh, 68.5% of the Catchment Area of the Krishna River and 69% of the Catchment Area of the Godavari River are in the Telangana region. We strongly believe in that the benefits of irrigation through the canal system under major irrigation projects is accruing substantially, 74.25%, to the Coastal Andhra region, while the share to Telangana is 18.20%. The remaining 7.55% goes to the Rayalaseema region. There has been data that in most years, funds allocated to Telangana were never spent.

According to Professor Jayashankar Sir only 20% of the total Government employees, less than 10% of employees in the secretariat, and less than 5% of department heads in the Andhra Pradesh government are from Telangana; those from other regions make up the bulk of employment. He also alleged that the state was represented by Telangana CHIEF MINISTERS for only 6 1/2 years out of over five decades of its existence, with no chief minister from the region being in power continuously for more than 2 1/2 years. As per SriKrishna Committee on Telangana, since 1956, Telangana held the position of CM for 10.5 years(including about 4.5years rule of coastal Andhra born Jalagam Vengal Rao representing Telangana constituency) while Seema-Andhra region held it for the rest(47+ years as of 2014), with Rayalaseema region holding the post for 27 years and coastal Andhra representing 20years(24+years including Jalagam).

We realized that the agreements, plans, and assurances from the Legislature and LokSabha over the last fifty years have not been honored and as a consequence Telangana has remained neglected, exploited, and backward. We strongly believe that the experiment to remain as one state has proven to be a futile exercise and that separation is the BEST SOLUTION. Congress Party realized our pain and On 30 July 2013, the Congress Working Committee Unanimously Passed a Resolution to recommend the formation of a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh to the INC-led central government. Hyderabad was proposed to be the joint capital for both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for 10 years. On 3 October 2013, Union Cabinet approved the creation of a new State of Telangana by bifurcating the existing State of Andhra Pradesh. Union Cabinet has also approved the setting up of a Group of Ministers(GoM) to go into the various issues which concern both the States including setting up of a new capital for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh. On 5 December 2013, cabinet approved the Telangana draft bill prepared by Group of Ministers (GoM). On December 11, President sent the bill to Andhra Pradesh state assembly to elicit its views; gave 42 days or until January 23 to respond. Since the Seemandhra-dominated State Assembly of Andhra Pradesh has not shown any sincerity towards discussing the bill in the allocated time and is hell bent on delaying the discussion only with intent of buying more time. Unfortunately On January 23, President gave 7days extension, until January 30, for assembly to give its views on Telangana draft bill. On 30 January 2014, Andhra Pradesh assembly speaker declared that assembly completed the debate and said, he would send to the President of India a compilation of over 9,072 suggestions and amendments he received in writing from members and transcripts of 87 members who had spoken on the Bill in the house. Further he accepted the Chief minister's notice of resolution,which does not have cabinet approval, to reject the AP Reorganization Bill and declared that resolution passed by voice vote without even waiting for the MLAs in the house to say ‘aye’, amidst pandemonium and protests from Telangana MLAs. The resolution was placed in the house and passed within 15 seconds. This is just an example of how our voice from Telangana has been getting neglected!

We request you to understand the pain of TELANGANA People, which we have been going through for last 57 Years and Support the "Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013" in SANSAD for the formation of TELANGANA with no compromise on Hyderabad, Badrachalam Division and a special financial package to Telangana State.

Yours Sincerely,
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