Hyderabad, May 24 UNI | 2 months ago

At the stroke of midnight today, the financial transactions of united Andhra Pradesh administration will come to a standstill as the committee set up by Governor ESL Narasimhan for bifurcation process declares commencement of the 'Zero Week' from Sunday.

The once busy and crowded lanes and corridors of the Secretariat are almost empty with no transaction of business activities.

Hundreds of brand new cards, contractors and their brokers milled around the Secretariat for favours till the passage of T Bill in February.

'Without customers we are unable to run the canteen profitably,' said Secretariat canteen manager.

'No GO's, no bills after May 24,' said a circular by the Pay and Accounts Office of the GAD which has also made arrangements for payment of May salaries one week in advance to all the 12 lakh employees and 70 lakh pensioners from today itself.

'All cheques issued by the united AP government will be accepted and paid till May 31st only (separate Telangana state will be born on June 1st midnight),' according to Pay and Accounts officials.

In other words, administration will come to a grinding halt and only the bifurcation process and exercise will be operational, said Chief Secretary P K Mohanty, who has become the centre stage of division of assets, debts, men and material between the two entities.

The marathon three-month exercise of division of state physical properties, assets and liabilities had begun on March 1 with President Pranab Mukherjee signing AP Reorganization Bill -2014 passed by Parliament on February 18.

Seemandhra employees forum (SEF) President Muralikrishna said "it is a sad day for us to separate after 60 years of association. Since separation is inevitable, we wish good luck to all Telangana employees."

Similarly, Telangana employees united forum (TEUF) President A Padmachary said, " Parting ways does not mean de-linking our social ties. We separate like brothers and sisters."

(Posted on 24-05-2014)