June 15: Employees may put paid to Naidu’s capital shifting

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Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu‘s reiteration that the entire government would move from Hyderabad to new capital Amaravati by June 15, 2016 is causing concern among the AP government employees, who are living in Hyderabad for decades.

Majority of the employees are opposing the shifting of government lock, stock and barrel by June 15, and they said it was a unilateral decision by the government.

They are clearly stating that they can’t move to Amaravati in June which needs a lot of preparation at both ends – Amaravati and Hyderabad.

“The statement that Andhra Pradesh government will function from Amaravati from June 15 and it would be a new beginning, looks good for public announcements. But, we are not confident that it will be possible to relocate the State administration to Amaravati by June 15 in toto. There are lots of practical difficulties to shift all departments and staff to the new capital from Hyderabad,” U Muralikrishna, AP Secretariat Employees Association president, said.

Speaking on the governments insistence on the deadline June 15, 2016, Muralikrishna expressed his own doubts about the realization of the CM’s dream.

” I don’t think the the construction works of the temporary secretariat building will be finished by June, as being claimed by the government, ” Muralikrishna said.

According to Muralikrishna, contractors might complete the civil works by June. ” Is that enough to shift the entire government from Hyderabad. A lot many facilities and arrangement need to be created before the operationalization of the government from a new place, devoid any facility,” he said.

According the leader of state government employees, the following are necessary for the secretariat to become fit for about 15,000 employees to work:

* A proper drainage system is to be created

* Provision of water supply for over 10,000 people

* Accommodation for employees and officials,

* Transportation and other basic facilities need to be created.

Muralikrishna, who represents a huge employees force in the secretariat, says creating these facilities in just four months is not possible.

Another thing the employees press for is the resolution of local and non-local tangle for their children, who are now Telangana locals.

“We want local status to our children as a precondition to move to AP from Telangana, which is necessary for them to get admissions in educational institutions and employment in Andhra Pradesh. It’s true that the state government had written to the Centre for an amendments to the Presidential Order that defines local and non-local status of children. The matter is still pending with the centre,” he said and added that it would be difficult for any government employee to move to Amavaravati without these issues being resolved.

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