KCR seeks fresh order on new zonal system

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at North Block, New Delhi today on Monday.

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao met Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh on Monday and submitted a comprehensive proposal seeking amendments to the Presidential Order and issuing fresh Presidental Order to facilitate implementation of the new zonal system in Telangana. He also took up various pending issues pertaining to the AP Reorganisation Act with the Union Home Minister who promised to respond positively.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister submitted a representation stating that the provisions under Article 371-D continue to be in force in Telangana State as per section 97 of AP Reorganisation Act, enabling it to provide equitable opportunities to people belonging to different parts of the State in government jobs.

He pointed out that the Andhra Pradesh Public Employment Organisation of Local Cadres and Regulation Order of 1975, otherwise known as the Presidenial Order, was operational in undivided Andhra Pradesh providing for six zones where Zones V and VI were in Telangana State after bifurcation.

Chandrashekhar Rao explained that the Telangana government reorganised the erstwhile 10 districts into 31 districts to take administration closer to people on October 11, 2016. “In this backdrop, there is a need to issue a fresh Presidential Order adjusting zones, multi-zones and State cadre, etc., under Section 371-D of the Indian Constitution,” he informed Rajnath Singh, requesting that the proposal be approved for issue of a Presidential Order.

Following representations from the employees, teachers and officials concerned, the State government reorganised the existing zones into seven zones and two multi-zones as well as established the State cadre. Fresh guidelines were also prepared to implement 95 per cent reservation in government jobs for locals, while the remaining five per cent is declared as open quota.

The proposals were cleared by the State Cabinet on Sunday. Immediately after the State Cabinet meeting, Chandrashekhar Rao dashed off to New Delhi and returned to Hyderabad on Monday evening.