Hyderabad: It’s not only state government employees but also a good number of IAS officers allotted to AP who are against any immediate shifting of government offices to Vijayawada and Guntur.
Though Chief Minister Naidu is “committed” to shifting at least some of the offices to AP by August-end, sources said the main reason behind IAS officers not being interested is a case pending in SC regarding allotment of house sites to them in Hyderabad when the state was undivided.
The apprehension among the officers is that if they shift, the TS government may not allow the plots to be given to them, and ask the AP government to allot land in AP.
“There are several all India service officers who do not want the shifting of offices to be done fast. Some want the process to commence after the SC verdict on land allotments,” sources said.
“Who would want to lose 500 sq. yd of plot in Cyberabad? The IAS officers were supposed to get 500 sq.yd plots but some people went to court and the case is pending in SC,” highly placed sources told this correspondent.
It may be mentioned that undivided AP government issued seven GOs in March 2008, allotting land to the housing societies of MLAs, MPs, IAS, IPS, IRS officers, journalists and High Court Judges.
The Judges Society withdrew its request and the GO issued in favour of the society was rescinded. The High Court bench quashed the GOs and the appeal is pending in Supreme Court.
There are other contentious issues that have to be resolved before shifting begins. The children of IAS officers and employees studying in Hyderabad will become non-locals in AP.
“The Presidential Order has to be amended to give clarity on the status of employees kids who are studying in Hyderabad now. It has to be done at the Central level,” said the sources.