Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers Association has declared that it will resort to agitations and if needed go on flash strike in case the ruling party’s decision goes in favour of state bifurcation.
Addressing a media conference, here on Thursday, association president P Ashok Babu said the first to be affected by state bifurcation will be employees and their families.
“Today in Andhra Pradesh, like no other state in the country, a Presidential Order is in force implementing a zonal system. The main purpose of it is to ensure equal opportunity to all regions and the Presidential Order ensure 80 percent of jobs to locals.
State bifurcation will make it null and void and again the state (newly formed) will be taken as one single unit,” he said. To have such a zonal system again to ensure effective regional distribution of jobs will take decades.
Ashok said state bifurcation will create another problem for the government employees from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions working in Hyderabad. Change of cadre means they will lose seniority, promotional opportunities, and their entire career and income will be in jeopardy. Further, their families will get uprooted and have to re-settle in other places, where they might get posted as per the new cadre, which will take 10 to 15 years.
“There are nearly 1 lakh state government pensioners in Hyderabad. The practical problem they will face will be, which government will pay them; they were employees of Andhra Pradesh government. Likely dilly-dallying on the issue will deny them pensions until it is decided,” he said.
“The situation of ’70s does not exist now and now, there is fair share in all government departments and sectors to all the regions,” Ashok said.