Hyderabad: The meeting convened by Union Ministry of Home Affairs for resolving the dispute between AP and Telangana on the latter for forcibly relieving 1,243 employees having Seemandhra roots, is likely to focus on other contentious issues such as row over Schedule IX and X institutions.
According to well-placed sources in the government, the AP government which has been facing irksome situation on these institutions, will raise the issue stating that the AP Reorganisation Act should be amended to provide more time for shifting institutions from Hyderabad to Vijayawada- in this session itself. Telangana, which is in a combative mood, would vehemently oppose it on the ground that the Act provides only one year time for relocation of AP staff. Ms Kavita, TRS MP from Nizamabad has announced that they would stall the proceedings for the division of staff. In fact, the power utilities are also mentioned in Scheduled IX that need to be divided. The Telangana power utilities have issued guidelines for shifting ‘Andhra employees’ stating that nativity shall be the reason for sending them. The controversial orders have created a wave of uproar forcing the AP staff to knock the doors of HC.
Even the court directions could not move the power utilities and AP staff filed a contempt case. They even met Secretary of MHA and Rajnath Singh, minister for Home Affairs and explained their plight and informed him that they were not paid their salaries till date. This prompted Centre to convene a meeting of heads of energy department and power utilities of both the states.
But AP staff keep their fingers crossed on the outcome of the meeting saying it cannot resolve the issue. “The meeting would simply pass the buck on to the Governor and may wait till High Court pronounces its verdict on the case” a leader of AP JAC said. Telangana power utilities on the otherhand said they have kept all the evidences and related documents ready and are in a confident mood to thwart any move from AP, sources said....