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PRC, new service rules as New Year gifts

PRC, new service rules as New Year gifts
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Hassle-free deputation, performance-based promotions, strict disciplinary action against corrupt are some of the features in new service rules
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Three lakh government employees are likely to get two New Year gifts. One would be the PRC and the second one would be new service rules.

Hyderabad: Three lakh government employees are likely to get two New Year gifts. One would be the PRC and the second one would be new service rules.

According to top sources, the new service rules, which would be introduced for the first time after bifurcation of the state, will help the employees in getting hassle-free deputation to other departments, performance-based promotions and strict disciplinary action against corrupt officials.

The FR (Fundamental Rules) wing is evolving principles to bring in new services rules for all categories of the employees in coordination with HRM (Human Resources Management) department and also the first Pay Revision Commission (PRC) headed by retired IAS official CR Biswal.

He is likely to submit the report to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao in about ten days' time.

While the PRC would focus on service conditions mainly the age limit for retirement and eligibility for joining the services, the FR wing was analysing the present rules which were formed about 25 years back in the united Andhra Pradesh.

Officials said that the government had taken up the major long-pending demand to the transfer the employees to their local areas after the rejig of the zonal system in the new Telangana state on priority basis.

The Telangana state has been divided into seven zones and two multi-zones.

In the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana had only two zones. "After the increase of zones, service rules of the employees need to be altered.

The request for the transfer of the employees to other zones has been a major demand pending before the government.

A senior official said the number of total districts has been increased to 33 from 10 after the bifurcation of state and hence new service rules had become necessary.

Another major issue is the government scraped the state cadre Group I posts in many categories, including DSPs, RDOs and included them in the multi-zonal posts to check the non-Telangana candidates from joining the key posts and safeguard Telangana aspirants' interests.

"Now, the government has the responsibility of protecting their service interests and get promoted to non-cadre IAS and IPS posts without any legal complications, officials said.

Currently, the employees have no provision to shift to other departments of their choice. On the request of the Telangana Employees Associations, the Commission is studying the possibility of transfer of employees to other wings on a permanent basis.

Stringent punishment against the corrupt officials mainly the dismissal from the service is also under active consideration. Within months after the enforcement of the new PRC, the government will bring new service rules for the government employees.

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