'No decision has been taken regarding formation of Telangana State', Centre tells Court
September 2, 2013 - Hyderabad
The Union Government on Monday informed a Bench of the AP High Court that no decision has been taken regarding the formation of Telangana State.
In response to a query from the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice KC Bhanu while hearing a writ petition complaining on the ongoing strike by the APNGO, the Assistant Solicitor General of India Ponnam Ashok Goud made this statement. The Bench heard at length the arguments by senior advocate S Satyam Reddy appearing on behalf of the petitioner, Ravi, as well as counsel for the APNGOs Association. Satyam Reddy said the notice issued by the APNGEOs does not deal with the issues arising out of service conditions but was only a political issue. The Bench said that the employees will be given options like it was done when Uttarakhand was formed, CV Mohan Reddy former advocate general representing the APNGOs said that there are several complicated legal issues in the State like Article 371-D of the Constitution. The Presidential Order and bifurcation would severally affect the service conditions of the employees. Mohan Reddy said that major players had taken the decision and at any time final official notification would come and then it would be too late. He said that the Prime Minister told a delegation of the APNGOs that issue had gone too far.
The Bench wanted the governments to make their stand clear regarding the strike and its after affects. The State Government informed the Court that all the measures to mitigate the difficulties of ordinary people were being taken.
The Assistant Solicitor General said that this is basically State subject and the Centre would act only upon a report from the Governor on the severity of the situation. The Bench posted the case for September 16.