Staff Reporter

Kakinada: The Stategovernment has decided to regularise the services of some 4,000 village secretaries who are currently working on a contract basis.

It is also intent on regularising the jobs of other contract workers in the Panchayat Raj Department, bill collectors and those qualified in SSC examination, together numbering nearly 10,000. Necessary steps were being taken for the purpose, Panchayat Raj Minister Botcha Satyanarayana told a delegation of Mandal Development Officers (MDO) and Village Secretaries’ Associations who called on him after the district review committee meeting here on Wednesday night.

Seniority list

The Minister’s announcement came in response to the District Panchayat Raj Employees Association president K.N.V. Prasad’s appeal to solve the problems being faced by employees and contract workers.

Mr. Satyanarayana said the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Departments were preparing a seniority list for the purpose and added that the modalities of converting village secretaries into executive officers were being worked out. He called upon the MDOs to work with greater responsibility in view of they being designated as nodal officers for implementation of various welfare schemes at the mandal level.