Hyderabad: The only ministry that is at work in Secretariat is that of Chief Minister with the rest of his 40 colleagues taking lightly the functional aspect of the state administration.
That is what any layman could find for himself even with the main entrance also wearing a deserted look with a handful seeking entry as against a huge turn out during former chief minister YSR’s regime.
Of course a couple of steadfast and daring ministers like Danam Nagender, Labour and Employment, Dr D L Ravindra Reddy, Health, Damodar Raja Narasimha, Agriculture (also Deputy CM) hop in periodically to make their presence felt probably to placate their ‘boss’.
This way the entire burden of carrying the administration or at least to feign brisk working at the state headquarters was being shouldered by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who on an average has been conducting one review meeting daily with the officials on vital topics that were of significance and poor friendly.
How long. So long as the Centre held the switch in respect of taking vital decisions on burning issues like ‘Telangana’, deletion of Clause 14F, an official shot back without mincing words.
Did it mean that the Congress High Command would fire the final round of shots on any issue, certainly, came the instant reply.
The Centre, according to one more reliable source, might take recourse to ‘Ghorkhaland’ pattern of settlement for Telangana too which would protect the ‘vote bank’ of the Congress Party in the other two regions where the Seemandhra Congress leaders mounted pressure for an integrated state. More than that, the focal point was ‘Hyderabad’ for both the regions.
As the Centre was moving in the same direction not to belie the Seemandhra expectations, it in the recent past, suggested that the State Assembly pass another ‘resolution’ on the floor for deleting the controversial clause 14F.
In 2010, in the government of the then Chief Minister K Rosaiah all the members unanimously resolved in the House to scrap the clause 14F. The resolution had been dispatched to New Delhi which is kept under wraps.
Now with legislators (of all political parties) from Andhra and Rayalaseema remaining opposed to scrapping of the said Clause, the members cutting across their party lines would vote against deletion of 14F clause for retaining Hyderabad as a free zone.
Out of 294-member Assembly, MLAs from Telangana region (with 10 districts) would be pushed into a minority in the House should there be a voting on the subject.
Their counterparts (united) will score a victory on any resolution including the cited issue.
Precisely the Congress High Command predicted such a move as to spurn the earlier ‘plea’.
People from all parts of the state will have equal rights in government jobs, postings and promotions as Clause 14(F), of the Presidential Order 1975, explicitly excluded certain posts, including those recruited under the Hyderabad City Police Act, from any restriction in matters of appointments and postings. That was the recent verdict of the Supreme Court of India which emboldens the Centre.
Meanwhile, the current volatile situation was taking the toll of progress/implementation of developmental activities.
Sources’ estimation was that in the CMO itself over 1,200 files had been kept pending. Unless the official queries were clarified, the disposal of files was ruled out.
The CM alone could hardly do it. Still, sources said that, the CM was at his best to fulfill the constitutional obligations.(INN)