The centre has deployed around 10,000 additional security personnel in Andhra Pradesh to deal with any situation arising out of the bifurcation of the state.
With a ‘bandh’ being declared on Wednesday and indications that state chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy may resign, the Centre has asked the paramilitary forces to remain on standby.
“Around 100 additional companies (around 100 personnel) of central forces including four companies from the Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in Andhra. Besides, central forces have already been serving in the state to counter Maoist activities,” said a central government official requesting anonymity.
According to a state police official, steps have been taken to take care of security concerns of Seemandhra people residing in Hyderabad and Telangana natives living in the Seemandhra region.
A report by central task force on security, headed by former CRPF director general K Vijay Kumar has flagged issues that may have security repercussions for two new states.
The report stated that one of major concerns of Seemandhra people is that they may be driven out of Telangana once the new state comes into being. Government and private sector employees may also face harassment.
“It was one of the reasons that the centre put law and order duties for Hyderabad directly under the control of the governor,” said an Andhra cadre official.
The report also suggests that the new states need to set a workable mechanism for river water sharing in place as it may help to stabilise both regions.
Sources say another contentious issue will be the cadre division of officials of central services like IAS and IPS as the proportion of Telangana natives in IAS and IPS is far less than the Seemandhra region residents.
Therefore, the centre will have to ensure that Telangana remains adequately staffed.