With Telangana and new Andhra Pradesh set to officially become separate states on June 2, the cadre allotment of All India Service (AIS) officers is yet to be cleared, leaving a number of issues in limbo. The allotment file is pending with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
On Thursday, chief secretary P K Mohanty briefed Andhra’s CM-designate N Chandrababu Naidu about the status of the bifurcation process, complete with a presentation on division of assets, government employees and allotment of buildings in Hyderabad for temporary functioning of Andhra government offices.
Only after PMO clears the file would there be clarity on distribution of AIS officers between Telangana and new Andhra, sources said. The Pratyush Sinha Committee appointed by the Centre has recommended163 IAS, 112 IPS and 65 IFS officers for Telangana. For the new Andhra state, the committee recommended 211 IAS, 144 IPS and 82 IFS officers.
Before starting the process of allotment of cadre, the 284 IAS, 209 IPS and 136 IFS officers working in undivided state were requested to submit their preferences. While all officers from Telangana chose to work in their new state, some IAS and IPS officers from other states preferred Telangana as they do not want to leave Hyderabad.
Mohanty and other officers met Naidu at his residence and also briefed him about the ongoing process of division of employees working at the existing Secretariat and other government officers in Hyderabad and Telangana. Mohanty will be the last chief secretary of united Andhra as he will relinquish office on May 31. Naidu may ask him to continue till June 2, when Telangana and Andhra will have new governments.
Though five blocks in the existing Secretariat in Hyderabad have been allotted to Andhra to house its new government, Naidu may not like to have the CMO there and may instead prefer to work out of Acharya Nagarjuna University campus, located 25 km from Vijayawada and 27 km from Guntur. The new capital city is expected to come up somewhere nearby. Two new blocks constructed in the campus have been allotted by the government to house the CMO of the new Andhra state, while the AP Special Police 6th Battalion’s headquarters, near Mangalarigi, Guntur, has been allotted to house the offices of the new DGP, chief secretary and principal secretaries. The Battalion will vacate the headquarters along with 2000-odd families to make way for the new offices. The existing Secretariat will be used by Telangana CM-designate K Chandrasekhara Rao and his new government.
The Home Ministry had sent a panel of three senior IAS officers to pick from and Negi's name is not in the list.
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