HYDERABAD: The release of draft guidelines by the CR Kamalanathan Committee on allocation of around 51,000 state-cadre employees to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be delayed further. This is due to the demand from the AP government that those employees retiring within two years should not be given option.
According to reliable sources, the file on draft guidelines is pending with AP chief secretary IYR Krishna Rao. Some other officer dealing with the subject was on leave on Saturday. Due to this, the draft guidelines were not issued on Saturday and are likely to be issued on or after Monday.
However, Kamalanathan, who is heading the central government panel on allocation of state-cadre employees, is learnt to have told the officials of both AP and Telangana governments that he would first issue draft guidelines. If there were any objections, the two governments, apart from employees and others, could submit the same.
Sources said that six out of eight members of the committee signed the file.
The department of personnel and training (DoPT) too permitted Kamalanathan to issue draft guidelines from Hyderabad. Normally, the prime minister has to go through the file and approve it. The DoPT informed Kamalanathan that the prime minister would sign the file on the final guidelines.
After releasing the draft guidelines, the committee will give ten days’ time to governments, employees and others to submit their suggestions and objections. Later, final guidelines will be issued.
The delay in releasing the draft guidelines was due to lack of consensus between AP and Telangana governments on certain issues including giving options.
However, Kamalanathan is of the view that as per the AP Reorganisation Act, the committee should give options to all employees irrespective of the retirement of the employee. The other contentious issues are spouses, physically handicapped and medical cases.
Telangana employees denied that Telangana staff who are on the verge of retirement would opt for Andhra Pradesh whose government raised the retirement age to 60 years. “No Telangana employee will opt for AP even if the retirement age there is 60 years,” Telangana employees’ leader C Vithal said.