Bengaluru: The recommendations of a cabinet sub-committee, constituted to draw up guidelines for implementation of Article 371 (J), will not only benefit six districts—Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal and Bellary—but the entire Hyderabad-Karnataka region.
The sub-committee, headed by rural development minister H.K. Patil, has not only proposed reservation in government jobs and educational institutions in the ratio 75:25, but also introduction of a quote for candidates from Hyderabad-Karnataka in the rest of the state as well. Sources in the government, however, told DC, “This one has to stand the scrutine of the law.”
These recommendations, if approved by the cabinet, would be incorporated in rules for implementing the guidelines.
"Though parliament approved the special status through a constitutional amendment, the President has to gazette it. With that, the decks will be cleared for creation of a special board. However, the Governor will have supreme power vis-a-vis the affairs of Hyderabad-Karnataka region," the sources added.
The sub-committee consulted MPs, MLAs and the people. It also held public meetings in Gulbarga and Hospet and opinions elicited at these meetings were made part of the six-volume report.
The post of chairman of the special board, to be constituted to oversee implementation of developmental works, would be shared on rotation basis by one of the elected representatives from six districts in the region. The term, in all probability, would not be more than a year.
There were differences on the role of the state government in the system proposed by the sub-committee. "We have suggested a role for the government. The cabinet will have a role which will be recommendatory in nature," the sources added.
On the development model, the committee deliberated on backwardness after implementation of Dr Nanjunadappa report in a phased manner.
"We have recommended, among many measures, allocation of funds. These funds should not go waste or should not be returned," the sources said adding that the Governor has the power to sanction and approve projects.
"After going through Vidarbha and Telangana model, we suggested a totally different paradigm for development of the region. We hope that it can help the region catch up with the rest of the state," the sources added.