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Telangana has run into a second phase of problems just after the birth of the new state.
This time, ironically, they have been orchestrated by the same party, the TRS, even though it is now projecting the matter as an administrative issue as it is now in power. The issue is a survey undertaken by the state to ‘enumerate’ about nine million households in the state.
The purpose is to gather information from the households on property tax, water tax, the Aadhaar card, birth certificates, etc, to ascertain that government benefits go to genuine beneficiaries.
But going by the pronouncements of Telangana leaders during their agitation days, particularly those of K Chandrasekhar Rao, who is now chief minister, this exercise has caused panic among a section of the population that belongs to other parts of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh.
Mr Rao had said government servants who were from the Andhra region would have to leave Telangana and the anxiety that such statements generate cuts across a vast swathe of the populace. Strangely the Centre is silent on this, which can have a bearing on Centre-state relations or on our federalism.
Behind every survey there has to be certain process of planning, which, by all accounts, did not happen in the present case. Hence the amount of time that an enumerator spent on an apartment turned out to be much more than what was envisaged.
On top of that sometimes those surveyed misbehaved with the enumerators or did not give the details asked for. It cannot be the contention of the Telangana government that the information it is seeking is unavailable.
It could have given itself a little more time and developed a blueprint for governing the state. Instead what it did had some divisive undertones.
The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu, has expressed some concern over the matter. Plus, the assets of the erstwhile state are not all on the soil of Telangana.
For example, what will happen to Andhra Bhavan in New Delhi is something still to be addressed. The partitions of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in 2000 were smooth. It is the duty of the NDA to see that people do not get a raw deal in Telangana because the BJP had also supported the cause of the new state.