Following Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s resignation, the files are returned to respective departments, says a letter.
A day after N. Kiran Kumar Reddy stepped down as the Chief Minister, about 500 files from the Chief Minister’s office were sent back to departments in the Secretariat where they were generated.
Attenders, who were drooping under the weight of black bags on their shoulders, caught the attention of visitors to the Secretariat on Thursday.
Each file in the bag was topped with a letter from the CMO that read “consequent to the resignation of the Chief Minister, the following files (list enclosed) are returned to the department”.
The files were pending with the four secretaries in the CMO who ironically were all transferred a day before Mr. Kiran Reddy quit.
They included Ajeya Kallam (pendency of 120 files), S.S. Rawat (0 files), N. Sridhar (150 files) and K.S. Jawahar Reddy (200 files).
All four of them have assumed their new posts which meant that the entire CM’s establishment was bereft of any official activity. The staff in three of the four peshis were busy giving numbers to the files and arranging them in bags.
Asked about the fate of files, officials said they would remain with the respective departments until the new CM came. A file once marked to the CM for clearance must go to the incumbent.
They also said that there were three exceptions when the files must be cleared expeditiously even in the absence of the Chief Minister. In such cases, the Chief Secretary will attend to them. They related to court cases, meeting deadlines and where steps were required on humanitarian grounds.
The offices of Ministers also witnessed no activity as the personal assistants confined themselves to the bungalows of their bosses. However, some personal secretaries of Ministers had come to pick up belongings. The secretaries and heads of departments attended to routine administration without dwelling on policy matters.