Vijayawada

State staff growing restive over increasing workload

Any move to privatise services in medical and transport departments will be opposed, says APNGOs' Association president P. Ashok Babu

Any move to privatise services in medical and transport departments will be opposed, says APNGOs' Association president P. Ashok Babu  

A section of the State government employees are growing restive unable to cope with the increasing workload and are demanding that the administration take steps to ease the burden by filling vacant posts and sanction adequate funds to ensure effective implementation of government programmes.

Office-bearers of the Andhra Pradesh Revenue Services Association (APRSA), at the executive committee meeting here on Sunday, said employees were under immense stress owing unending meetings, videoconferences, programme launches and the likes. They rued that the staff was not being spared even on festivals days.

“After the Chief Minister conducts a review meeting, the Chief Secretary holds a videoconference, followed by a meeting by the district Collector and other superiors. Most of our time in spent attending meetings and conferences. Where is the time for field work,” said APRSA president B. Venkateswarlu.

The government does not provide basic infrastructure, staff and funds to implement various schemes. It announces a series of programmes but fails to allocate funds at the district level to execute them. Things were completely different at the ground level, he pointed out.

Further, the government was planning to introduce grading system in the Revenue Department, to assess the performance of employees. “We will oppose such moves. Without providing sufficient staff, funds and infrastructure, how will the government assess our performance,” said Mr. Venkateswarlu.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers Association (APNGOs) president P. Ashok Babu said employees were being subjected to heavy workload. “Many departments are understaffed and 40 per cent vacancies are yet to be filled. Thousands of employees in various departments are working on contract basis for over a decade now. They need to be regularised,” he said.

He said the APNGOs would oppose any moves to privatise services in medical and transport departments. “We are not against computerisation and use of technology. But we will firmly oppose any plans for privatisation,” Mr. Ashok Babu affirmed.

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