Hyderabad

TGTA members observe ‘Work to Rule’ seeking repatriation transfers

Section of tahsildars do not join protest, hopeful of positive response

Even as tahsildars went on ‘Work to Rule’ protest across the State from Tuesday to focus their demand for transferring back all the tahsildars who were moved out of their native districts for the State Assembly and later Parliament elections, the State government late on Monday night issued orders withdrawing some tahsildars who were appointed as municipal commissioners in some newly constituted municipalities.

In the place of 18 tahsildars withdrawn from the urban local bodies, the government placed the mandal parishad development officers of those ULBs and gave full additional charge of those municipalities. The Telangana Tahsildars Association said their first day of protest was a success but the Telangana Revenue Employees’ Services Association with bigger membership of over 6,500 members did not participate in the work to rule.

The Revenue Employees Services Association representatives met the Special Chief Secretary, Revenue on Tuesday and said they were hopeful that the issue would be resolved in two to three days. They would take a decision to join the protest only after that.

Overburdened

The TGTA members said the tahsildars were already overburdened with work related to several other departments. The government’s order appointing MPDOs as municipal commissioners with full additional charge was thus a sensible decision. These municipalities were old gram panchayats of Panchayat Raj Department that were upgraded as municipalities and MPDOs could take care of them quite well. They did not see anything amiss in the government’s move.

The tahsildars were anyway busy with the government’s flagship programme of Land Record Updation and it would make sense to relieve them from the municipal duties, some officers said. Meanwhile, senior officials said that in the combined State it was a practice to transfer back the tahsildars who were shifted to other districts for the conduct of Assembly and Parliament elections after the election work was completed. Even now it was recommended to the government to transfer the tahsildars back to their districts.

On the work to rule protest, some senior officials said there was no need for any tahsildar to work beyond stipulated office hours any time if they had worked sincerely during their duty hours. The TGTA representatives said that the tahsildars would work from 10.30 a.m to 5 p.m.and would not work on public holidays. They would stage lunch hour demonstration before the District Collectorates, Revenue Divisinal Offices and Tahsildars’ offices and would go on mass casual leave on July 15. The association would meet on July 16 to discuss further course of action if the repatriation transfers were not effected.

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