Teething troubles for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

Jul 09 2014, 16:15 IST
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Telangana and AP are facing different sets of problems on the bureaucratic front.(PTI) Telangana and AP are facing different sets of problems on the bureaucratic front.(PTI)
SummaryTwo new governments are in place but yet there is no tangible sign of governance, more so in Andhra Pradesh, say political observers.

Call it birth pangs or teething troubles, everything still remains unsettled over a month after Andhra Pradesh and Telangana came apart as two states.

Two new governments are in place but yet there is no tangible sign of governance, more so in Andhra Pradesh, say political observers.

The "order to serve" (in the two states) issued for bureaucrats and other government officers and staff actually seems to be not serving any purpose in the absence of clear allotment orders.

The Union Department of Personnel and Training is yet to complete the process of cadre allocation of All India Services officers (IAS, IPS and IFS) while the Kamalnathan Committee, appointed by the Centre to distribute state government officers and staff, has also not finished its job.

"Officers are simply not motivated to work before the (cadre) division," a Principal Secretary-rank IAS officer remarked.

The Centre has made a "provisional" allotment of 44 IAS and 31 IPS officers, besides those already posted in districts, to Telangana following the bifurcation.

The rest have been given to AP but still some officers have "one foot here and one foot there", holding different posts in the two states.

Almost every Secretary or above rank IAS officer, in both states, is holding charge of more than two departments as part of the "adjustment" process.

Given the "uncertainty", some of the IAS officers are now looking towards New Delhi for a Central posting on deputation.

Telangana and AP are facing different sets of problems on the bureaucratic front.

The "over-indulgence" of "advisors" to the government in Telangana is said to be proving "irksome" for the bureaucrats.

"They (advisors) are insisting on referring all files to them before clearance. There is no such business rule and this is leading to some friction," a top-ranking IAS officer, who did not want to be identified, pointed out.

Telangana ministers are experiencing a different kind of problem as they are forced to appoint only "freshers" as their personal secretarial staff as Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao barred appointment of those who had served with previous ministers.

The "inexperience" on the part of these aides is clearly telling as they are all at sea in carrying out their tasks.

"Most of them, though being gazetted officers, have no idea how to circulate files. They are still learning the ropes in the Secretariat," a senior official observed.

Besides, uncontrolled flow of visitors to the Secretariat is keeping the ministers otherwise engaged, hampering regular work.

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