Common governor not to go by Telengana Cabinet decision

Messy affair: Bill asks Centre to assist two states, GoM wants paramilitary forces deployed

The new state of Telangana and the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh will have a common Governor but he will not be bound to go by the advice of Telangana cabinet on administering the common capital of Hyderabad, the Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Bill has said.

The draft Bill also wants the Centre to assist the two states to raise additional police force and administer the Greyhound Training Centre in Hyderabad as a common training centre for the two states.

The 50-page Bill said that the Governor will have the special responsibility for the security of life, liberty and property of all those who reside in Hyderabad, which will be the common capital for the two states for ten years. He will discharge the special responsibilities in consultation with Council of Ministers of Telangana but would not be bound by their advice alone.

“In discharge of these functions, the Governor shall after consulting the Council of Ministers of state of Telangana, exercise his individual judgement as to the action to be taken,” the Bill said. The Governor’s “discretion” will be final and the validity of his action cannot be questioned on the ground that he ought or ought not to have acted in the exercise of his individual judgement.

The Governor will be assisted by two advisers of appropriate rank to be appointed by central government. The governor will also be responsible for the management and allocation of Government accommodation in this area.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) formed to help implement the decision to form Telangana state, in its report had said that the governor should be common for both the states for ten years but the Bill said it would be as per the wish of the President.

On raising police force, the Bill was of the view that the Centre should administer the Greyhound Training Centre for three years and after that period it should be handed over to Telangana. The Centre should assist Andhra Pradesh to set up a similar "state-of-the-art" facility.

It also said the specialised Greyhound, an anti-Maoist unit, and OCTOPUS (Organisation for Counter Terrorist Operations) be distributed between the two states after seeking the options of personnel.

The GoM headed by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had recommended that the Centre should deploy additional paramilitary forces in the two states if the need arises. It had also suggested that the Centre should deploy an additional unit of Rapid Action Force in Hyderabad for a period of five years.

The ministerial panel also wanted the Centre to financially assist the two states to raise new operational hubs for Greyhounds at suitable locations.

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