Hyderabad: The Telangana ministers might have put in their papers and seem to be on a war path for a separate state.
However, they have been extending tacit support for smooth functioning of the government.
Several ministers, despite their hectic schedules of agitations, including the 48-hour fast, are in touch with the department officials and keeping track of file movement. “They are aware of every development in the department and are giving us their views on issues,” a senior state official said.
Sources told this newspaper that the ministers were briefed about the files and orders were issued either “post facto” or “minister on tour”, the two methods normally adopted in their absence.
The panchayat raj minister, Mr K. Jana Reddy, who has been spearheading the T movement, issued orders a couple of days ago entrusting powers and important duties to special officer, Mr Rajeswara Rao, in rural water supply strengthening the latter’s position.
Ironically, the minister came all out in favour of Mr Rao, a retired engineer-in-chief, belonging to the coastal districts though his continuation in the department denied the due position to at least three officers from Telangana region.
Similarly, the major industries minister, Dr J. Geetha Reddy, earlier wanted to discuss an important file relating to Nandyal sugar factory owned by the Congress MLA from Guntakal, Mr Madhusudan Gupta.
The home minister, Ms P. Sabita Reddy, is also in constant touch with her ministry.
Sources said some of the files being circulated very recently bore dates prior to the resignation of the ministers giving room for suspicion that the signatures were put with dates prior to July 4 when they resigned. Deccan Chronicle