VRA system to be scrapped; VRAs to be adjusted in revenue department

The State government has decided to regularise the services of all the 20,555 Village Revenue Assistants forthwith as promised by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. Mr KCR has directed the officials to issue orders on Monday. At an extensive review of the issue with the officials on Sunday, Mr KCR said the obsolete designations and titles of Nizam and British eras such as Neerati, Muskuru and Laskhar should be scrapped immediately.

The VRAs who have been working down the generations proved an asset to the village revenue system and overseeing water management. They should be properly honoured by the government that intends to provide job security to all. The Chief Minister said the present VRAs should be adjusted by creating supernumerary posts in the revenue department and accommodating them in irrigation, Mission Bhagiratha and municipal administration. CM directed the officials to those who were in service as on June 2, 2014, and completed 61 years of age should be considered for giving compassionate employment to their family members.

“The governments should adapt to the changing needs of the society and give up redundant practices and policies. The BRS government has brought out sound irrigation policy and now trying to ensure job security to the VRAs,” he said. Principal Secretary of the Revenue Department, Naveen Mittal was asked to issue orders to this effect on Monday. Meanwhile, CM KCR also announced a gift to the contract and outsourcing employees of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB). They will be getting a 30 per cent hike in their salaries as per the recommendations of the Pay Revision Commission. A total of four thousand employees will benefit from the gesture.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao