Hyderabad: As against the Centre’s latest adamant stand ruling out deletion of Clause 14 F from the Presidential Order until Andhra Pradesh passes a fresh resolution to this effect, Minister from Telangana region Danam Nagender on Wednesday expressed confidence that by August 13 or 14, the ‘deletion’ will take a positive effect.
Accompanied by two other Telangana stalwarts; Deputy Chief Minister C Damodar Rajanarasimha and Marketing Minister Mukesh Goud, Mr Nagender met Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy at the C Block of the Secretariat and urged the latter to persuade the Central government for deletion of the said controversial Clause 14 F which has knocked down the wind from the sails of the ruling party.
Having passed a unanimous resolution in the House in 2010 under the supervision of the then chief minister K Rosaiah, the Congress government has been driven to the wall. Whether to delete or not to delete the said Clause remained a problematic issue for the rulers since the Telangana Joint Action Committee of Employees threatened to go on strike from August 17, demanding a separate state for Telangana.
The Chief Minister had also written earlier a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the subject for taking a positive decision as it assumed serious proportions with Seemandhra leaders also issuing statements to counter the deletion process.
Mr Nagender maintained that the leaders from Seemandhra must refrain from speaking openly against the deletion of the clause as it has become a sensitive issue.
The Chief Minister was also requested to postpone the Sub-Inspectors’ exam which is scheduled for August 13 and 14, Mr Nagender informed media persons here.
However it may be remembered that the Chief Minister had hinted that he was opposed to putting off the said test during his visit to Guntur recently.
The contentious Clause permits candidates from all the three regions to apply for jobs in the police department in Hyderabad which is currently a ‘Free Zone’.
Contrasted to this decision, the Telangana protagonists seek deletion of said Clause so that only locals are eligible for the police jobs.(INN)