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Unanimity witnessed on suggestions about repatriation

A crucial meeting of the State Government with representatives of various employees associations on Saturday broadly agreed on the modalities for implementing GO 610 to repatriate non-local employees in the spirit of Presidential Order.

Though no concrete decisions emerged at the end of a three-hour long meeting presided by Chief Secretary J. Harinarayan, and attended by representatives of about 30 unions, there was unanimity on some suggestions about the manner in which non-local staff could be sent back to their respective zones. Mr. Harinarayan is expected to discuss these suggestions with Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and the Group of Ministers before framing guidelines for the repatriation. The union representatives were unanimous in the view that all employees who wanted to voluntarily go back to their districts should be allowed to do so without insisting on any ceiling.

They insisted that employees posted in the open category in excess of permissible limits (20-40 per cent) be identified and declared illegal.

A suggestion by the unions to gather information about candidates selected by the District Selection Committees over the years in order to identify irregular postings was not conceded by the Chief Secretary on the ground that it was not feasible, sources said.

Union leaders P. Ravi Kiran and T. Swamy Goud later told reporters that the Government was non-committal on the issue of providing service protection to employees at their new places of posting.

The Government had also not made its plan clear on giving a fair share of representation for employees from Telangana in the head offices of departments and the State Secretariat here. Nonetheless, it had promised to make the entire exercise transparent by publishing lists of employees who were to be repatriated.

Transfer orders

The leaders maintained that the Government did not clarify whether it would issue transfer orders to employees straightaway or take up the exercise through a circular or memo.

Leaders of unions which did not form part of the Civil Services Joint Staff Council were also allowed to participate in the proceedings.

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