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Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
30-December-2010 16:54 IST
Srikrishna Committee Submits Report to Home Minister
Meeting of Eight Recognized Political Parties of Andhra Pradesh to be held on January 6, 2011
The Srikrishna Committee submitted its report to the Union Home Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram here today. After receiving the report, the Home Minister said that the report would be first shared with the eight recognised political parties of Andhra Pradesh. A meeting of these political parties will be convened on the 6th of next month. Following is the text of the statement made by the Union Home Minister.

“The Committee to hold consultations with all sections of the people and all political parties and groups in Andhra Pradesh, under the Chairmanship of Mr.Justice (Retd) B.N. Srikrishna, has submitted its report to me today.

On behalf of the Government, I wish to offer my warm gratitude to Mr. Justice Srikrishna and the other Members of the Committee for their devotion and hard work and for submitting the report within the stipulated time. The Committee was able to consult all sections of the people and all political parties and groups in Andhra Pradesh, and I am grateful for the support extended to the Committee.

The report is in two volumes. The report will be carefully studied in the Ministry of Home Affairs and will be shared with the Ministries/Departments concerned of the Government.

It will be recalled that a meeting of the eight recognised political parties (recognised in Andhra Pradesh) was held on January 5, 2010. Following that meeting, the Justice Srikrishna Committee was constituted. Government has decided that, in the first instance, the report will be shared with the eight recognised political parties. Accordingly, I propose to convene a meeting of the eight recognised political parties on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at North Block, New Delhi. Letters inviting the political parties are being sent today.

Immediately after the meeting on January 6, 2011, the report will be made public.

At the end of the meeting on January 5, 2010, the Government of India and the eight recognised political parties made a joint appeal to the people of Andhra Pradesh to maintain peace, harmony and law and order. On behalf of the Government, I reiterate that appeal today. We are glad that 2010 was a peaceful year in Andhra Pradesh and it is our fervent desire that peace will be maintained in the future too. As I said, the report will be made public on January 6, 2011. Meanwhile, Government will consider the report and begin the process of consultation with all political parties before taking appropriate decisions on the report. That is the only way in a democracy and those who respect democracy must also respect the processes of democracy

. The Government has great faith in the wisdom, maturity and tolerance of the people of Andhra Pradesh. All political parties and groups have assured us that they will maintain peace, harmony and law and order. We welcome and believe these assurances. I note that there is some concern about the deployment of security forces. Let me assure the people of Andhra Pradesh that the deployment of security forces is a purely precautionary measure. They will remain in the force headquarters or police stations as a reserve force. As long as the people and the political parties/groups take upon themselves the responsibility of maintaining law and order, we do not foresee the need to actually deploy the security forces. I reiterate that we have faith in the wisdom of the people of Andhra Pradesh and we are confident that the present atmosphere of peace and harmony will continue to prevail.

The media has extended splendid cooperation to the Justice Srikrishna Committee. I appeal to the media to extend the same cooperation to the Government and the best way to do that is to avoid speculative stories on the Committee’s report. After the report is made public on January 6, 2011, the media should communicate the contents of the report to viewers and readers in a fair, impartial and balanced way and promote sober and mature debate. Such debate will help the Government to take appropriate decisions on the report. I once again seek the cooperation of the media.

Now, all of us should look to the future. The past – and the unhappy incidents of the past – must be put behind us. Together, I am sure, we can agree on the path forward, a path that will bring satisfaction, happiness and prosperity to the people.

I wish all of you a very happy New Year.”

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