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Ministers reluctant to shift to capital region

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jul 13, 2016, 8:06 am IST
Updated Jul 13, 2016, 8:06 am IST
Due to non-availability of officers, ministers hold review meetings in Hyderabad only.
AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu surveys the ongoing temporary Secretariat work.
 AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu surveys the ongoing temporary Secretariat work.

VIJAYAWADA: The home minister will convene official meetings in Hyderabad and leave for his constituency Peddapuram or to Amalapuram later. The panchayat raj minister will go through the files on the e-file clearance mode and monitor the things from common capital Hyderabad. Both of them however will promptly attend the meetings being organised by the TD national general secretary Nara Lokesh, at TD headquarters, located in Guntur. This is the kind of affairs going on for the last few days, though the Chief Minister is particular about the relocation of government offices and HoDs to the Andhra capital Amaravati.

Quoting those two instances, one senior officer of the state government said that around 300 employees and officers have shifted their base to the capital from Hyderabad in the last week of June. However, it is observed that only two HoDs of agriculture and cooperative departments occupied their offices completely, according to him. “When we are forced to relocate to the capital, is the same rule not applicable to ministers and their HoDs,” he asked.

 

In fact, around 300 employees with their families shifted their base to Amaravati and also accommodated their children into various schools in Guntur and Vijayawada. Interestingly, only two HoD offices started functioning, out of the 60 HoD offices which have claimed that they have had their offices in rented accommodation. While key ministers like home and revenue are still functioning from Hyderabad, the CMO did not take a note of it.

When contacted about the relocated employees and their joining stations, an official in the CMO said that all the staff arrived in need to discharge their duties from the nearest tahsildar offices, or some other government offices nearer to their rented accommodations. However, no instructions in writing were given to the employees or officers in this regard, it is learnt. Not willing to disclose the details on the delay over shifting their base, a HoD rank officer in the revenue department said they got relief till the end of August.

Meanwhile, a few IAS officers of North Indian origin are reportedly exerting their efforts to stay back in Hyderabad, and in case of no such possibility, they are trying to exercise their option of choosing deputation to the central service for the time being. Following the non-availability of IAS officers in the capital, the ministers are forced to conduct review meetings in Hyderabad only, according to a personal secretary of a Cabinet minister. It is a known fact that IAS officers are attending the meetings being organised by the Chief Minister only.

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