Hyderabad: In a significant development having the potential to water down the efforts of the Chandrababu Naidu government to shift employees from Hyderabad to Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh NGOs Association leader Ashok Babu on Tuesday said the nativity deadline of June 2, 2017, may not stand legal scrutiny. After a series of discussions and legal opinions submitted to the government, the AP Cabinet had recently decided to send a proposal to the Centre seeking amendments in the Presidential Order to set June 2, 2017, as the nativity deadline.
Making it clear that “every employee is willing and ready to shift to AP from Hyderabad and there are no second thoughts on this issue”, Mr Ashok Babu said it remains to be seen whether the deadline would stand legal scrutiny. “We have not been provided with a copy of the draft proposal. Only after we get the draft proposal seeking Presidential Order will we will have a clear idea on the legal strength the nativity deadline proposal carries,” he said.
Mr Ashok Babu said there are multiple problems connected with shifting of employees. There is neither office infrastructure nor residential accommodation for employees and staff, while the government is talking about providing the two to ministers and IAS officers. “There is no clarity where the staff of ministers and IAS officer’s peshis will stay. Where will their drivers and office attendants stay,” he said.
Stating that over 50 per cent of the employees working in Hyderabad are scheduled to retire in five years, the APNGOs leader said they would face a lot of problems to shift to Andhra Pradesh and come back, as most of the employees have their houses or property in Hyderabad and its surroundings. “Yes, there will be a problem for the next three to four years and all of us are willing to adjust and ensure that Amaravati is developed into a world class capital city. But it would not be fair to expect only the government employees to adjust to the problems,” he said and added every one cannot be shifted in one go and it will take time. Mr Ashok Babu said the government should bear the expenditure of accommodation for the employees....
Location: Andhra Pradesh