HYDERABAD: In deference to the views local people expressed at the recently-held gram sabhas, district collectors have proposed minor changes in the alignment of proposed new districts.
These changes were suggested at a meeting conducted by chief secretary Rajiv Sharma on the reorganisation of districts at the secretariat here on Monday.
According to official sources, at a gram sabha meeting in Bhimadevarapalli mandal people did not want their mandal to remain in Karimnagar district but wanted it merged in Warangal district.
Likewise, officials proposed to merge Illanthakunta mandal in Karimnagar district with the proposed Siddipet district. But locals wanted Illanthakunta's inclusion in the proposed Sircilla district.
"We have accepted these changes, subject to the final approval of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao," an official said.
The day-long meeting also discussed allocation of staff to the new districts. "The existing staff will be reorganised as per the needs of the new districts," he said.
For rationalisation of the government staff for each department in the new districts, an empowered committee under the chairmanship of chief commissioner of land administration Raymond Peter will be constituted.
"The CCLA will meet the head of each department and the secretary to know the staff requirement and plan rationalisation of the staff," an official said. The meetings with HoDs and secretaries will be conducted in a couple of days.
According to sources, each district will require around 1,000 employees. The existing staff in some departments will be given promotion and some will be sent to the new districts.
The meeting also discussed the infrastructure for new districts. As the administration will start functioning from Dasara, the residence, office and other space is to be readied by that time. Till own buildings are constructed, the district collectorates will function from government or private buildings.
The district collectors too will be provided accommodation. "If there are no government buildings available, then private buildings will be rented to provide residential accommodation for the collectors of new districts," an official disclosed.