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Telangana residents to get back quota

CCPA recommends repeal of Clause 14 (f) in 1975 Presidential Order

Even as it grapples with the tricky issue of whether or not to divide Andhra Pradesh, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on Tuesday took the first step towards assuaging the feelings of the residents of the embattled Telangana region: it decided to recommend to President Pratibha Patil the repeal of Clause 14 (f) in a 1975 Presidential Order. Sources said that would ensure that Telangana residents get preference in government employment opportunities in Hyderabad and neighbouring areas.

This decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. An earlier meeting of the CCPA on July 4 had taken up the matter, but there were some issues that had to be resolved before a decision could be taken.

With students' unions and political leaders, cutting across party lines, threatening to shut down Telangana from Wednesday, especially as a written test for recruitment of sub-inspectors of police is slated for August 13/14, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had telephoned the Prime Minister on Tuesday and asked him to set in motion the process for the deletion of Clause 14 (f) from the 1975 Presidential Order.

Prior to the introduction of Clause 14(f) in 1975, Telangana residents were able to take advantage of reservation in government jobs in Hyderabad and surrounding areas, a part of the Mulki Rules which afforded them some protection after Telangana was merged into Andhra state in 1956.

In 1975, Clause 14(f) was introduced at the instance of the non-Telangana regions, further fuelling the disenchantment of Telangana residents.



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