Andhra Pradesh: Capital shifting to hit administration

State government's e-file system aimed at minimising paper documents.

Hyderabad: Government administration in AP could slip into the slow lane for about 10-15 days, as key departments and the state secretariat shift from Hyderabad to the new Capital region.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had fixed June 2, 2016 as deadline for all departments to shift from Hyderabad to the capital area.

The construction of the temporary secretariat at Velagapudi in Amaravati capital region is scheduled to complete by June 15. Most probably, the full-fledged AP administration will start function from there on August 1.

Officials said that to shift all the departments it will take at least 10 days. The AP secretariat alone has about 500 sections with 2,500 employees.

Finance, revenue, general administration, irrigation and some other departments have more than 40 sections.

In addition to this, there are several directorates and commissionerates also to be shifted.

Although the state government introduced e-file system recently and also instructed departments to run only e-files with no physical files allowed, all the departments are running only 50 per cent e-files with the rest, physical.

If all files are running through e-files there will be no problem to run the administration while shifting offices. Besides this, every department has hundreds old files that need to be shifted to capital region.

After completing the construction of the secretariat, the general administration department will allot accommodation to all departments.

Accordingly, the secretariat departments at Hyderabad will shift to the new secretariat in Amaravati capital area.

Meanwhile, AP government chief secretary S.P. Tucker has told his office staff to shift to the new capital region by June 1.

Finance principal secretary P.V. Ramesh has told his department staff that they would have to work from Capital region from August 1.

Secretariat departments will shift only after June 15 by which time the construction of the temporary secretariat will be completed. Before that, directorates and commissionerates will be shifted.

The state government has made it clear to the government employees that they would have to find residential accommodation on their own.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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