AP Division Work to End by May 1

Chief secretary PK Mohanty informed the Union ministry of home affairs on Tuesday that they would complete the state’s division work by the end of April so that the central government would have one month’s time to complete the process before the Appointed Day.

MHA officials had a word of appreciation for the state administration for doing the work at a brisk pace.

This opinion was expressed by the senior officials of MHA after a thorough review meeting here on Tuesday.

After the notification was issued for formation of separate Telangana, MHA officials conducted the first review meeting at the Secretariat on Tuesday to know the progress of the work.

Mohanty and in-charges of 15 sub-committees gave a PowerPoint presentation on the progress of the work. They explained the progress of work on every section of the Telangana Act.

MHA secretary Anil Goswami, joint secretary (Centre-state relations) S Suresh Kumar and additional secretary (Centre-state) Rajiv Sharma reviewed the work.

The chief secretary told the visiting MHA officers that they set the deadline to complete their work by April-end so that the Centre would have one more month’s time to approve the division work. Anil suggested to state officials to be “considerate and humane” in the division work.

“The MHA officials were satisfied with the progress of the division of the work. Some works on division were taken up in three other states only after the appointed day and formation of new states. But, in Andhra Pradesh, the division work is progressing ahead of the schedule said the MHA officials,” a senior officer told Express after the review.

It may be recalled that the notification for Telangana state was issued on March 4. In the last 13 days, the chief secretary constituted 19 committees and issued clear-cut guidelines on how to go about the division work. The chief secretary has conducted three review meetings so far on the division work.

The in-charges of 15 sub-committees briefed Goswami on the progress of the work. However, some IAS officers wanted to know from Goswami what if some division work remained pending even after the Appointed Day, i.e, June 2. Sources said Goswami explained that the division of finance department, division of files and other key issues should be completed by June 2. He said the AP Reorganisation Act allowed work to continue after the Appointed Day. The work on corporations, PSUs and others may continue for some more days after the Appointed Day.

Later, Goswami called on governor ESL Narasimhan.

Courtesy: Express News Service

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