Andhra Pradesh leaves 24 Section Officers in lurch

Andhra Pradesh leaves 24 Section Officers in lurch
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Long-pending administrative issue of repatriation of Secretariat employees to Andhra Pradesh triggered a row between Telangana and AP governments on Wednesday. It led to the Chief Secretaries of the two States locking horns on shifting of 24 Sections Officers (SOs) allotted to AP as part of division of employees between the two States under the AP Reorganisation Act.

Hyderabad: Long-pending administrative issue of repatriation of Secretariat employees to Andhra Pradesh triggered a row between Telangana and AP governments on Wednesday. It led to the Chief Secretaries of the two States locking horns on shifting of 24 Sections Officers (SOs) allotted to AP as part of division of employees between the two States under the AP Reorganisation Act.

Taking serious note of clash between two employees unions, Secretariat Employees and TNGO Secretariat Employees Union in the Secretariat, on the issue, Telangana State Chief Secretary S P Singh called on his AP counterpart Dinesh Kumar over phone and expressed his unhappiness over the delay in shifting the relieved employees to Andhra Pradesh.

Under the Re-organisation Act, as many as 24 Section Officers (SOs) out of 85 have been allotted to Andhra Pradesh based on their nativity. They were relieved from Telangana government in February. But the AP government had so far not absorbed them and they were sent back to Telangana without showing any valid reason. They have also not been receiving their salaries since February 2017.

The two governments came to an understanding on relieving nearly 1,300 Grade-4 employees who belong to Telangana and are posted in AP during the division of employees.

The Telangana State government agreed to take back their employees working in AP and the AP government, in turn, agreed to take the 24 employees belonging to AP. But, the AP did not fulfil its commitment. As a result, the process for the repatriation of Telangana State employees had also come to a standstill for the past five months.

TNGO Secretariat Union president Srinivas Reddy said that the neighbouring State was showing adamant attitude towards resolving the issue. He was also unhappy that the Secretariat Employees Union had failed to mount pressure on government to repatriate these 24 AP employees.

He said the TNGO Union held a meeting in the Secretariat. The Secretariat Union objected to the interference of TNGO in the issues which fall under their domain. This resulted in jostling between the members of the two unions. Mild tension prevailed at meeting venue - D block. The security forces present there prevented the two groups from attacking each other.

By Patan Afzal Babu

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