Bangalore: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Friday welcomed the Centre's move to accord special status to backward Hyderabad-Karnataka region, saying it would meet the long pending demands of the people of north-Karnakata.

It was a historic decision taken by the UPA Government to meet the long pending demands of the people of North Karnataka, he said in a statement.

The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) decided to amend Article 371 of the Constitution by moving a Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament to bring the Hyderabad Karnataka region under special status to help faster development.

People of six North Karnataka districts Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal and Bellary welcomed the Centre's decision by bursting crackers.

(Agencies)

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