In what will come as a major relief to the government, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for the deletion of Clause ‘f’ of Para 14 of the Presidential Order that makes Hyderabad a “free zone” for employment.
The deletion of the clause had become a pivotal issue for the Telangana agitators who wanted the recruitment examination for SIs, to be deferred till the clause was deleted from the Presidential Order.
According to the Clause 14(f), Hyderabad was a “free zone” which made candidates from Andhra and Rayalaseema eligible to be recruited for police jobs in Hyderabad. The Telangana parties have been demanding the deletion of the clause so that only candidates from Zone VI — comprising Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar, Medak and Nalgonda — are eligible for recruitment.
The CCPA held a meeting on July 4 and had decided to request the Chief Minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy, to get a fresh resolution passed seeking deletion of the clause. But Mr Reddy informed them that since the House had already passed a resolution last year, there was no need to pass a fresh one. Deccan Chronicle