Hyderabad secretariat abuzz again as Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao assumes office

Written by PTI | Updated: Jun 4 2014, 18:57pm hrs
Secretariat in Hyderabad has come to life once again after a political hiatus of nearly four months with the first Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao, and his cabinet colleagues assuming their respective offices.

There was a flurry of activity in the A, B, C and D blocks, which constitute the Secretariat of newly-formed Telangana state, with the K Chandrasekhar Rao government getting down to business since yesterday.

The C block, which houses the office of Chief Minister, in particular is abuzz with activity as bureaucrats and political leaders queued up to meet Chandrasekhar Rao.

Today, the Chief Minister held his first "review" meeting with officials of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and discussed the development works going on in the city.

But the Chief Minister's Office is still not fully functional as appointment of secretaries is due.

The Chief Minister currently has only a Principal Secretary and an Officer on Special Duty to assist him in the administration.

Two Secretaries are expected to be appointed in a day or two to enable the Chief Minister take up full-scale review of various departments, official sources said.

Since N Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned as chief minister of (united) Andhra Pradesh on February 19, the Secretariat virtually remained deserted, with all work in the Secretariat over the last three-and-a half months being centred only on the state bifurcation and the general elections.

Political leaders stopped coming to the Secretariat while general visitors were too scarce as the departments stopped looking into public grievances, busy as they were segregating files and completing other formalities related to the state bifurcation.

With the new Telangana government in place, IAS officers (temporarily) allotted to State cadre have been given fresh postings to kick-start official work.

The new ministers, MPs and MLAs-elect are visiting the Chief Minister in the C block while bureaucrats too are calling on him to discuss administrative issues.

"Administrative work will pick up in the next two days as ministers have already been given portfolios. We also have to gear up for the first session of the Assembly from June 9," a senior bureaucrat said.

However, the H, J, K and L blocks in the same premises that are allotted to the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat bore a deserted look as Chandrababu Naidu is scheduled to be sworn-in as Chief Minister of AP on June 8.