CM to be away in China when staff start trickling in
Though the deadline of June 27 is fast approaching, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has not yet released the road map for the shifting of the Secretariat from Hyderabad to Velagapudi. It is therefore more or less clear that the opening of the temporary Secretariat building at Velagapudi on June 27 will be just a perfunctory affair.
According to sources, only a few staffers of the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) department will begin functioning from Velagapudi from June 27. On the other hand, Secretariat employees are eagerly waiting for the outcome of the state cabinet meeting on Friday. "We are expecting clarity on the Secretariat shifting by Friday evening," an employee leader said. Interestingly, the chief minister will be in China when the Secretariat building opens on June 27. He is going there on a four-day visit.
HYDERABAD: Once bitterly divided over the bifurcation of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, employees belonging to Seemandhra and Telangana are shedding tears as the time has come to say goodbye to each other.
With the Durbar Move gradually picking up momentum in several commissionerates and directorates, files are being packed into trunks for dispatch to the capital region of Andhra Pradesh, and an air of sweet sorrow has enveloped offices as employees, particularly women staffers, take leave of each other after years of working together.
Several wings of the Agriculture Ministry -- the Commissionerate of Agriculture, Commissioner & Director of Agricultural Marketing, Commissioner for Cooperation, Registrar of Cooperative Societies, commissionerates of horticulture and sericulture -- are under orders from their minister P Pulla Rao to move to Guntur by June 27.
Thursday was the turn of the Commissionerate of Agriculture, located at Basheerbagh here, to begin the migration. A bus was arranged for the staffers to go to Guntur.
When it became time to board the bus, some employees of the Telangana Agricultural Commissionerate turned up to say farewell, and women staffers broke down.
There were similar scenes at the other migrating commissionerates. With June 27 approaching fast, the Andhra Pradesh government has begun intensifying its efforts to see that at least a few departments relocate to Amaravati by the deadline.
Even in the Secretariat, some departments such as General Admin and Finance, have begun numbering their files, preparatory to their migration. The state government has nominated IPS officer J Satyanarayana as the nodal officer to take care of the security aspects of the transportation of important files.