Hyderabad: The issues of providing interim relief and salary fitment to government employees is under the consideration of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, and a decision would be taken soon, Finance Minister T Harish Rao said in the Assembly on Saturday.
Replying to a discussion on behalf of the Chief Minister for budgetary demands for the Governor and Council of Ministers, Harish reminded the House that “the Chief Minister’s approach to the welfare and well-being of government employees was vastly different from that of the past Congress governments”. “When the employees sought a 42 per cent fitment, the Chief Minister agreed to 43 per cent. They are also being provided with treatment for any ailment at corporate hospitals without being asked to contribute to the scheme,” he said.
He said the government increased the wages of Asha and anganwadi workers, and home guards and contract lecturers. “The government is spending Rs 950 crore on these, and it has benefited 2 lakh workers. We still remember how the then Congress government used water cannons and mounted police to crush a protest by Asha workers outside the Assembly,” he said.
The Minister, addressing concerns about shifting of files from the Secretariat to temporary office buildings, assured the members that every single file was inventoried, safe and has a custodian to eliminate any chance of misplacement.
On AIMIM member Kausar Mohiuddin’s query about recruitment exams in Urdu, Harish said the Chief Minister decided to introduce question papers in Urdu for exams conducted by TSPSC as well as for the police department recruitment tests. Harish also rejected the contention of Congress MLA D Sridhar Babu that the government was not taking adequate measures for the welfare of the Brahmin community and advocates in the State. “It is only the TRS government that set up the Brahmin Welfare Parishad and a trust fund for advocates’ welfare. We are not doing this for publicity, but to extend real assistance to those who need,” he said.