Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday met Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan, the meeting taking place in the backdrop of a fresh tussle between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states over sharing of assets and liabilities of common institutions listed under Schedules IX and X of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, mostly located in Hyderabad. Incidentally, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also met Mr Narasimhan over the same issue on March 23.
The Supreme Court had on March 18 ruled that the assets and liabilities of Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education, which was listed under Schedule X of the Act, should be shared between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Though it’s nearly two years since the state was bifurcated, common institutions listed under Schedule IX and X are yet to be divided. There are 107 institutions listed under Schedule X, of which 97 are located in TS, mostly in Hyderabad. Another 89 institutions are listed under Schedule IX.
Though the Centre had appointed Sheela Bhide committee for bifurcation of Schedule IX institutions, it failed to do so in its 14-month term, which expired in August 2015. The Centre did not extend the term. Mr Rao is learnt to have urged the Governor to take up the issue with Union home ministry.
He brought to the notice of the Governor that the AP Reorganisation Act lacked clarity over what a ‘common institution;’ meant. This, he said, was creating problems for both the states. Mr Rao told the Governor about the TS government’s decision to file a review petition in the Supreme Court over the APSCHE issue.
The Telangana government has been claiming that all these common institutions belong to the state since they are located in its territory. However, the AP government has been arguing that they were established investing common resources of both Seemandhra and Telangana over a period of time in the combined state and they should be divided between both the states....