M. Malleswara Rao
Minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy couldn’t occupy his office, as it was being allotted to another colleague
HYDERABAD: The scramble among new Ministers for chambers in the Secretariat caused a last-minute disappointment to Minister for Information & Technology, Youth Services & Sports, Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, on Wednesday.
Mr. Venkat Reddy made all the arrangements for performing pooja in room no. 430 in the ‘D’ block to occupy his office to take charge of his department. A priest was also summoned while mediapersons and the Minister’s admirers from Nalgonda waited outside. But Mr Venkat Reddy did not turn up.
Chamber in demand
After waiting for one hour, restive reporters began enquiring about the Minister’s whereabouts. An aide of his finally announced that the Minister was not coming and that the function was postponed “due to technical reasons.” However, he declined to elaborate on the reasons.
Enquiries with officials in the General Administration Department later revealed that the chamber was being allotted to Higher Education Minister D. Sridhar Babu following his written request.
The chamber was in demand as it is said to have fulfilled all considerations of “vaastu” and is located on the third floor of the block considered most comfortable. Till recently, it was occupied by G. Vinod, who served as Labour Minister. An official said Mr Venkat Reddy did not put forth any request to the GAD for the chamber. “Otherwise, we would have allotted it to him.”
Meanwhile, Home Minister P. Sabitha Reddy has been allotted a chamber on the eighth floor of the “J” block which was occupied by her predecessor, K. Jana Reddy, though she did not insist on it. She wanted to continue in the chamber that she occupied on the sixth floor of the same block. She will assume charge on Thursday.
The GAD has requested all the first-time Ministers to wait till chambers were allotted to them in blocks where their departments were located, instead of simply occupying them wherever they were available.