Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

MHA seeks details on Andhra ordinances

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Posted: March 8, 2014 4:02 am

The Ministry of Home Affairs has sought details of ordinances which are in effect in Andhra Pradesh and plans to continue governance in “the desired manner”, even as former chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who quit the Congress after Parliament passed the Telangana Bill, challenged the Centre to review his decisions. 

The state was brought under the President’s rule on March 1 after Reddy stepped down as Chief Minister. He on Thursday announced to form his own party, protesting the Centre’s move to carve out a separate state of Telangana.

In a recent communication to the state Chief Secretary, the Home Ministry has sought the details of the “ordinances which will require replacement by legislation”, as well as “ordinances passed by the state government which are about to lapse”.

The MHA has also moved a proposal for granting extension to Chief Secretary P K Mohanty, an IAS officer who retired on February 28. Sources said the proposal for granting a four-month extension to Mohanty has been sent to Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

The ministry has also given its nod for appointment of two advisors to the Governors to help maintain law and order in residuary Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. They will be a paid a monthly salary of Rs 80000 besides benefits, including accommodation facilities which will be arranged by the state administration.

In its letter addressed to the Chief Secretary of the Andhra Pradesh, the Centre stated, “The process of governance must continue in the desired manner. There can be matters of major policy decisions or matters which involve heavy financial commitments. Unless the dictates of urgency require that such major decisions must be taken, such matters may be left to be decided by the popularly elected government.”

On maintaining the law and order during the upcoming elections, the Home Ministry said that the security of VIP shall be given importance.

It further stated, “The unavoidable legislative proposal shall be first sent to the concerned ministry of the Central government”.

The MHA also said that the transfers of officers within the state shall be kept at a low level. “Before affecting transfer of officers like the chief secretary, Director General of Police and the Home secretary, the Home Ministry should be consulted,” they said.

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