Hyderabad: In what is seen as a last minute effort to avoid a showdown with Telangana protagonists over the recruitment of Sub-Inspectors of Police, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is understood to have phoned up Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, requesting him to expedite the process of deletion of Clause 14 (F) from the Presidential Order of 1975 to pave the way for conduct of the recruitment exam as scheduled on August 13 and 14.
The fate of as many as 18,500 candidates appearing for the 1300 and odd vacant posts hangs on the Centre’s decision.
Ironically the notification for the examinations was issued as early as 2008 but it was getting postponed for one reason or the other.
There has been a volley of protests and demands from the Telangana protagonists for deletion of the said Clause for quite some time. The state Assembly, during former chief minister K Rosaiah‘s tenure, had passed a unanimous resolution in March 2010, recommending deletion of the said Clause.
With the N Kiran Kumar Reddy government being stubborn on conducting the examinations as scheduled, all the political parties from the Telangana region and also the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee and the Osmania University Students JAC have been demanding its postponement till the controversial Clause was deleted.
The issue became further controversial when the Union Home Minister wanted a fresh resolution to be passed by the now vertically divided state Assembly for deletion of the Clause 14 F.
However, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy, during his telephonic conversation with Mr Chidambaram, insisted that the Centre should go ahead with the task on the basis of the earlier resolution and appealed for the immediate withdrawal of the contentious clause.
Meanwhile, the police are going ahead with all security arrangements for the conduct of the examinations at various centres in the state.
Incidentally, the Public Sector company, the Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited, refused permission for holding the examinations in its school premises in Ramchandrapuram on the outskirts of Hyderabad in view of the ruptured sentiments and strained relations all over the state.
it may be recalled that the BHEL officials had been the targets of attack by Telangana agitators even in recruitments in BHEL wherein non-locals from Tamil Nadu and Kerala were driven away in the past.
Several Ministers from Telangana, including Deputy Chief Minister C Damodar Rajnarsimha impressed on the Chief Minister to postpone the SI recruitment exams.
Several other Ministers, D Nagender and Mukesh Goud, D Sridhar Babu, Komatireddy Venkatredddy and Basavaraju Saraiah also met Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy and made futile attempts on Thursday to persuade him to postpone the cited exam.
Following the mounting pressure and impending law and order situation, the Chief Minister had a telephonic talk with Mr Chidambaram this morning and appealed to him to immediately send the relevant file to the PMO’s office for taking urgent steps for the deletion of the Clause before the scheduled SI test.
Mr Chidambaram, according to sources, assured the Chief Minister of corrective steps including discussions with the Prime Minister on the contentious issue.(INN)