The first meeting of the panel formed by Centre to settle asset-sharing issues between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh ended in a stand-off in New Delhi on Friday .
The Union home ministry then asked Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to hold a meeting on October 18 at a mutually agreed place to sort out the differences over sharing of assets listed in Schedule X of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014. The panel is headed by Jaideep Govind, additional secretary in Union home ministry. In the meeting, Telangana was represented by chief secretary Rajiv Sharma, ad vocate-general Ramakrishna Reddy and finance principal secretary K Ramakrishna Rao, while Andhra Pradesh was represented by its planning board vice-chairman C Kutumba Rao and retired IAS officer S Balasubramanyam.
Telangana refused to share assets with Andhra Pradesh stating that it would go by Section 75 of the Act that enables sharing of services of institutions between two states. Rajiv Sharma pointed out that if assets were to be indeed shared then Telangana would get a share in all assets, including Kakinada and Gangavaram ports. Reacting to Sharma, the AP representatives asked for share in Singareni Collieries.
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