Zero week in AP from May 25 ahead of T-birfurcation
Head of the Telangana bifurcation and emergence of the 29th state, Andhra Pradesh government will observe a 'zero week' from May 25 to June 1, to give final touches to the process of division of assets, liabilities and sharing of revenues and personnel.
The appointed day for the birth of Telangana is June 2nd (June 1st midnight to be specific).
''No bills of any of 180 government departments will be accepted and paid after May 24 and all departments are directed to close their accounts under various headings in all banks and return the cash and submit statements by May 15'' said a latest circular from Raj Bhavan and Governors advisers who are supervising the division process. Governor ESL Narasimhan has set May 15 as the deadline for all process to end and since last one week the Governor's staff has begun compliance checklist for all HODs and also Chief Secretary and DGP.
Chief Secretary Dr P K Mohanty has, in a circular, indicated all IAS, IPS and the HODs that technically the state's division comes into force from May 25. MORE UNI KNR VV SB 1226
''Stop all other work. Focus and implement the guidelines for separation of staff, assets, put new boards and also commence the setting up new offices'' he said in a recent review meeting held on Tuesday.
The power regulatory APERC (Andhra Pradesh electricity regulatory commission)will function for both the states for six months till a new regulatory is constituted for Telangana.
According to secretariat officials associations, the ratio of division of secretariat staff is at 48:52 between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Altogether 1886 posts will go to Telangana while 2,452 will go to Seemandhra although the TRS is opposed to give options to employees to stay in Hyderabad. There is no clarity of final decision in that regards, the officials says .
According to official sources, division of space in secretariat, bungalows for new CMs, new ministers, Legislature and heads of departments and officials was completed on Tuesday itself.
The apportioning of the personnel in secretariat, IAS and IPS will commence now after the polling is over as per guidelines of the Home Ministry.
Home secretary Anil Goswami, who will be in Hyderabad next week, will put the final stamp on all the steps for the new state, Home secretary T P Das told in a review meeting on Wednesday.
... As per the directions, the ABCD blocks in state secretariat have been allocated to Telangana, with a row of flower pots dividing them from AP secretariat with H, J, K and L blocks.
The present Assembly building was allocated to Telangana and the old Assembly which currently houses the office of Speaker has gone to residual state of AP. However, the Council building stays with AP and the Jubilee hall has been allocated to Telangana to run it's Council from there for ten years. The Chief Minister's official residence on the Begumpet Public road goes to Telangana CM and the Lakeview Guest House on Rajbhavan road will be renovated to house AP chief minister. These changes have to be made by 20 May. The AP Bhavan in Delhi also has been divided between both the states, however there will two resident commissioners overseeing the day to day operations. However officials say that digitization of over 36 lakh files of the combined state will only be possible after the division of the states.
To facilitate smooth movement of files, a decision was taken that initially 10.5 lakh files which are of current in nature will have to be copied and handed over to the other state for filing purpose. This process was supposed to be completed by 15 May, but now it seems to be impossible to complete it before that deadline, according to officials. However, the Telangana Government Employees unions have urged the Government Building Division Committee Chairman Syambabu not to allocate part of the secretariat to AP government. They argued that having Seemandhra employees in close vicinity will rake up old enmity and create bad blood.
(Posted on 09-05-2014)