The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Monday rejected the suggestion of the Union home minister, P. Chidambaram, regarding passing a unanimous resolution once again in the AP Assembly for deletion of the 14(f) clause from Presidential Orders, 1975 which treats Hyderabad as a ‘Free Zone’ for police recruitment.
The Assembly had already passed a resolution last year for the deletion of the clause, which allows candidates from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions to be recruited for police jobs in Hyderabad.
Telangana parties have long demanded that the clause be deleted so that Hyderabad district is brought under Zone VI so that only people from Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar, Medak and Nalgonda are eligible for police recruitment.
The issue becomes important due to the present situation that has developed around the state-wide SI examinations scheduled for August 13. T-parties are adamant that the examination should be held after the clause is deleted.
The Assembly had passed the resolution last October to delete the clause after the Supreme Court had stated that the police recruitments for Hyderabad was not covered under the Presidential Order governing Zonal appointments as it was a Free Zone. Deccan Chronicle