ANDHRA PRADESH

Govt. formally withdraws GO 94

Hyderabad April 9. The Government, by another order, today withdrew the GO No 94 in line with the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu's announcement yesterday at Visakhapatnam.

The fresh GO, dated April 8, provided for "immediate cancellation'' of the earlier GO covering the controversial new recruitment policy and guidelines.

Now, the Government wants to replace GO No 94 by another which will be in a "mild form'' giving a general statement of its recruitment policy. A senior official in the General Administration Department said here today that the Government would have to necessarily come out with a policy statement on this matter in compliance with a directive issued by the High Court dealing with some petitions.

It may be recalled that the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission notified Group II posts in 1999 but withdrew the notification within a few days after, allegedly without assigning a valid reason. Being approached by the affected candidates, the AP Administrative Tribunal gave a verdict which went in favour of the Government. When this was challenged by the candidates, the High Court issued a directive, asking the Government to state as to what was exactly its recruitment policy regarding permanent posts. Go No 94 came out as a response to this directive.

It is felt that the benefit out of the GO withdrawal will be insignificant because, the Government, by this GO, had only formalised a de facto situation. Regardless of the GO, its contents are already under implementation by the Implementation Committees formed for departments, each with the secretary and the head of department concerned, and a representative from Finance Department, which are on the job to identify the "core'' and "non-core'' cadres and "surplus posts'' thereto, a job earlier handled by the Staff Review (Gangopadhyaya) Committee. Works such as cleaning, sanitation, canteen-running etc are being "outsourced''. However, a major gain accruing to the unemployed is that the withdrawal has done away with "contract-basis'' recruitment for permanent posts. With the withdrawal, the Government/APPSC has to necessarily notify and fill these posts.

It is estimated that a total of 2.5 lakh vacancies exist in the Government/its undertakings/agencies right now, with only 10 lakh posts being occupied now against the original sanctioned strength of about 12.5 lakh posts.