Until last Friday, employees at the Secretariat on either side of the division had been at loggerheads over postings and allotments. On Monday, they put it all behind them and shook hands, said goodbyes to one another and clicking photos on their phones before going to their separate offices.
Telangana unions had been accusing many of forging nativity certificates to avoid being allotted to the AP Secretariat, which would have meant leaving Hyderabad. As of now, employees of both regions will work on the same complex but in different buildings.
“We will continue to see one another but today we part officially. Allotment of employees has not been done properly, so there is heartburn, but we are wishing one another happiness,” says A Padmachary, an employee of the Planning Department (Telangana).
“I am sure we will bump into one another in the canteens. There is a lot of acrimony but today we go our separate ways wishing one another success,” echoes Santosh Reddy, 54, who fears he may be forced to leave Hyderabad before he retires.
The government had cancelled the weekend holidays, so many employees were present on Sunday too, most trying to ascertain where they will work. “Some received an order specifying department and position but most have not received it yet,” says C Vittal, Telangana Employees Association president. Vittal, who hails from Telangana, has been allotted work temporarily in the AP Secretariat’s transport department. “In two or three days I will be repatriated to Telangana Secretariat but such issues have spoiled the atmosphere. But I am happy we are parting today smiling.”
Section Officer Narasimha Rao and others are checking the new website of the Telangana government. Others are checking a website with details on employee allotment. If employees haven’t reported to their posting Monday, the government will suspend them. “There is a grievance cell and they can lodge their complaints or request posting but today they must report to duty otherwise they will be in trouble,’’ says V Srinivas Goud, MLA and T-employees’ union president.