Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday relieved 711 employees who are native of Telangana State and are presently working in Andhra Pradesh, allowing them to return to their native State. Though they are native of Telangana State, these Class III and IV employees were allotted to Andhra Pradesh during the Telangana State formation. Ever since these employees have been appealing to the governments of both Telugu States to allow them to work in Telangana.
The issue came for discussion between Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart YS Jagan Mohan Reddy during their previous meetings. Accordingly, the Telangana government completed necessary formalities and sent the file to Andhra Pradesh. Recently, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar too wrote a letter to his Andhra Pradesh counterpart to expedite the process and relieve the employees.
The employees of Telangana-origin who were working in the Secretariat and other departments were facing many hardships after their allocation to Andhra Pradesh. Besides having lesser salaries than their Telangana counterparts, these employees were allotted to Andhra Pradesh due to the reverse order of seniority as per the guidelines then. To ensure that the existing ranks in each cadre do not get disturbed, the Telangana government asked these employees to take the last rank in the respective cadres working in State after returning to their home State, for which the employees have agreed. The list of 711 employees to be transferred to Telangana includes 13 Class IV employees who were appointed on compassionate grounds.
The employees were overjoyed upon receiving the orders and thanked the Chief Ministers of both Telugu States for their gesture and support.