Amaravati: Ministers and top bureaucrats of Andhra Pradesh will henceforth have to necessarily stay put in the Government’s Transitional Headquarters (Secretariat) at Velagapudi every Friday to redress public grievances.
“All the ministers, special chief secretaries, principal secretaries and secretaries of the government and heads of departments are requested to make themselves available at the headquarters and in their offices (HoDs) every Friday to receive representations from the public representatives and others for redressal of their grievances,” Chief Secretary Satya Prakash Tucker said in an official circular.
“All private secretaries to the ministers are requested to bring the above instructions to the notice of the ministers and accordingly their schedule may be planned,” the Chief Secretary added.
The instructions were issued based on a directive from the Chief Minister, who received several complaints from MLAs and other public representatives that ministers and senior officers were not being present in the state headquarters.
Interestingly, when the Secretariat opened in Velagapudi on October 3, Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu told reporters in an informal chat that there was “no rule” that the ministers should be present in the headquarters on any particular day.
“As ministers, we will be attending many meetings and public functions at different places. So, we should not be asked to sit in the Secretariat on any particular day (of the week),” Yanamala pointed out.
In fact, when Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was Chief Minister (of undivided AP) between 2004 and 2009, he put in place a system, wherein ministers were required to necessarily visit the Secretariat every Monday to take up official work.
In subsequent years, that system was followed only in breach. Things turned worse in the last one year when the Chief Minister functioned from Vijayawada while the Secretariat was located in Hyderabad.