New Delhi: All hurdles for the conduct of written examination for recruitment of police sub-inspectors in the State were removed with the President, Ms Pratibha K Patil, passing orders for deletion of the controversial 14(F) clause from the Presidential Order of 1975.
It may be mentioned here that the written test for recruitment of SIs was scheduled to be conducted on August 13 and 14 at various places in the State. But, the protagonists of separate Telangana State, including TRS and Telangana Political JAC, had served an ultimatum to the government that they would not allow the examination to be held unless the controversial 14-F clause of the Presidential Order was deleted. However, the hurdles for the SI examination were cleared with the President of India signing the order deleting the controversial clause on Friday afternoon.
All the concerned heaved a sigh of relief with the issuance of the order. Earlier, in the wake of stiff opposition from Telangana outfits to SI examination, the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, had spoken to the Union Home Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, on telephone and urged him to hasten the process of deletion of the controversial clause from the Presidential Order of 1975 to clear the way for conduct of the SI examination as scheduled.
Initially, the Union Home Minister sought another Assembly resolution for deletion of the clause 14-F. But the Chief Minister pleaded with the Centre to clear the decks for the conduct of the SI examination by deleting the controversial clause. With this, the file concerned moved very fast from the Union Home Ministry to the Prime Minister’s Office and then to the President’s table.
TTDP LEADERS CLAIM CREDIT
Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday after calling on the President, the Telangana Telugu Desam Party elected representatives said the President had agreed to give orders for deletion of clause 14-F immediately. The Telangana TDP Forum convener, Mr Errabelli Dayakar Rao, and the party MP, Mr Nama Nageshwara Rao, said the President had responded favorably when they pleaded with her to delete the controversial clause. They also said that they have pleaded with the President to ensure that a Bill for Telangana State be introduced in the Lok Sabha as per Article 3 of the Constitution.
The Telangana TDP Forum leaders said they also took the December 9, 2009 statement of the Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram, on formation of separate Telangana State and the Centre’s assurance on separate Telangana in Parliament, to her notice. They reportedly apprised the President of the suicides of Telangana youth and students for the cause of separate State and sentiments of the people of the region. They also reportedly complained to the President about the dual standards of the ruling Congress party on the decades old Telangana issue.