Government on Wednesday constituted a five-member expert committee on Telangana issue headed by former Supreme Court Judge BN Srikrishna.
A home ministry spokesperson said the committee will hold wide-ranging consultations with all sections of people
and different political parties and groups in Andhra Pradesh.
The other members of the Committee are Prof (Dr) Ranbir Singh, Vice Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi, Dr
Abusaleh Shariff, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, Delhi, Dr (Ms) Ravinder Kaur,
Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Delhi and Vinod K Duggal, former Home Secretary, who will also function as its Member Secretary.
The spokesman said the terms and references are being drafted and will be finalised in consultation with the
chairman of the Committee and announced shortly.
In Hyderabad, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, which has been spearheading the separate statehood movement, said it would
wait for the terms of reference of the committee before giving its views on it.
"We are waiting for terms of reference of the committee to know if it is in furtherance to the December 9
statement made by Home Minister P Chidambaram.
"(If it is so), then we can look forward to it. If it is a step back to explore whether to give Telanagana or not
then we will not be happy with it.We are demanding a committee for the formation of Telangana within a timeframe," K T Rama Rao, TRS MLA and party president K Chandrashekhar Rao's son, told PTI.
Last week, Chidambaram had said the committee to examine the demand for separate Telangana will be announced
Chidambaram, in the meeting with political parties from Andhra Pradesh on January 5, had said that its agenda was
to "deliberate on the mechanism and lay down a road map for consultations" on the Telangana issue.
The meeting followed Chidambaram's statement on December 23 last year when the government had put on the back
burner the formation of the separate state for which it had on December 9 promised to initiate the formation process.