The fee row is unlikely to settle between Telangana and Seemandhra students as truncated AP CM Chandrababu Naidu said the court is the only option to stall discrimination.
While both state chief ministers initially agreed to pay their state students’ fess in the other state, what triggered the row was Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao’s statement that the student’s father (Not mother?) shoudl also have Telangana nativity to claim nativity of Telangana.
This has made the AP government cry foul over the new criterion. “The Telangana government’s argument is against the Presidential Order and several other ones as well. It is not just about fees, if one goes by this criterion, students will lose the nativity advantage in job opportunities as well,” AP SC/ST welfare minister, Ravela Kishore Babu, told the media at a press conference on Wednesday.
Kishore Babu reminded the KCR regime that only factor that should be considered for nativity is that “the student should have studied in a state from class VI to X. There can be no other criterion,” he insisted.
In fact, a delegation of ministers Kishore Babu, Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Kollu Ravindra met Governor ESL Narasimhan to complain about the issue. In addition, they said they would consult the advocate general to seek more clarity. “If needed, we will go to court,” said Kishore Babu.
So, now the case will end in court and a stay may delay the Telangana government’s move for now. Otherwise, Telangana government’s move questions a well-established fact about the nativity that is being followed all over the country in many states.
Further, the condition that only father should be a native of Telangana further weakens KCR contention as no legal case can withstand the condition and win a court case. More than AP, Telangana government should have consulted the advocate general before announcing the new clause, without legislature’s backing.
The whole issue is about the fate of 30,000 students belonging to Andhra who are studying in Telangana in various streams like engineering , medicine and computer applications and eligible for fee reimbursement, while 20,000 Telangana students are studying in AP.
The burden on AP is around Rs 150 crore per year while it will be Rs 56 crore for Telangana but for KCR, it is 10,000 more students and also the higher rate of fee structure in Hyderabad colleges compared to nominal fees in many AP colleges.
The governor is likely to mediate with the chief secretaries of both the states to resolve the issue for now but the seeds of divisibility that the issue and the mentors of bifurcation will not end now.