Hyderabad: Swapping of employees between TS and AP is all set to begin soon, with Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday approving mutual transfer of employees between the two states.
Employees who were posted in different places as part of bifurcation of staff between the two states by Kamalnathan committee have been seeking mutual transfers on spouse grounds etc.
The governments of both the states are under pressure from employees’ associations to take up mutual transfer of employees. The demand is even more from working couples who have been given postings in different states.
However, TS employees associations are demanding the TS government to scrutinise the nativity of working couples thoroughly before giving postings in Hyderabad.
TS employees express fears that AP-native staff seeking transfer to TS on spouse grounds may secure postings in the Secretariat in Hyderabad.
“The TS government should ensure that either the husband or the wife who is working in AP now should be the native of Telangana to get posting in Hyderabad on spouse grounds,” said A. Padma Chary, president, Telangana Udyogula Sangham.
Employees from both the states will be allowed to apply for mutual transfer. If an employee working in TS Secretariat in Hyderabad wants posting in AP Secretariat in Amaravati, he will given posting only if an employee from Amaravati opts for Hyderabad. Mutual transfers will be taken up based on vacancies that arise due to transfers sought by employees.
Employees associations want mutual transfers to be expedited as staff has been suffering for over three years due to delay.
Though it’s more than three years since AP was bifurcated, the issues pertaining to bifurcation of staff are yet to be sorted out in both the states.
Recently, the AP government sent back 24 AP-native section officers to TS Secretariat, after they were relieved by TS government following their allotment to AP. This triggered protests from TS employees who are emanding TS government to send back these 24 officers to AP again.