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Centre lobs 14F ball back into Andhra’s court

Posted by on July 17, 2011 0 Comment

In a move that is set to further aggravate the regional tensions in the state, the UPA government has asked the state government to get its Assembly pass another unanimous resolution requesting the Centre to repeal clause 14F of the Presidential Order of 1975 that treats Hyderabad as a ‘free zone’ in police recruitment.

Under the clause, candidates from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions can also be recruited for police jobs in Hyderabad in view of it being a ‘free zone’. The Telangana groups have been demanding the deletion of the clause so that only people from Zone VI, that comprises Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Nizamabad, Mahabubnagar, Medak and Nalgonda, are eligible for the police personnel recruitment.

The state assembly had earlier passed a resolution in October 2010 under chief minister K Rosaiah requesting the centre to delete 14F clause. “However, it appears that the Centre wants us to pass another resolution now in view of the changed political situation and heightened regional tensions. Obviously, the Centre is aware that an unanimous resolution on the issue is unlikely to happen now. It appears to be the UPA government’s move to pass the buck to the state on the issue,” an official told STOI.

The resolution, passed by the state assembly on October 27, 2010, stated: “This house resolves to request the Ministry Of Home Affairs, Government of India, to obtain the approval of President Of India to delete Clause (f) of Para-14 of the Andhra Pradesh Public Employment (Organisation of Local Cadres and Regulation of Direct Recruitment) Order, 1975”. According to sources, following the Centre’s diktat, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy held a meeting last week at which the issue was discussed.

“The opinion of the chief secretary was that since the same 13th assembly had passed the resolution in October 2010, there is no need for another resolution. However, GAD officials stated that the communiqué from the Centre cited the changed political circumstances and the need for a fresh unanimous resolution,” said sources. “Efforts are on to persuade the Centre to agree to last year’s resolution. But with the changed political dynamics, the Union home ministry may not accept to this,” informed the sources.

The decision of the Centre to seek a fresh assembly resolution on deletion of clause 14F appears to part of its hardened stance with regard to the demand for Telangana state. TOI

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