Centre moves to delete controversial AP recruitment clause

Centre moves to delete controversial AP recruitment clause

Hyderabad: The Centre has initiated steps for deletion of a controversial clause in a Presidential Order which treats Hyderabad as a free zone for police recruitment in Andhra Pradesh following hectic lobbying by the state government, sources in the chief minister’s Office said on Thursday.

The union home ministry has forwarded to the Prime Minister’s Office a file pertaining to the AP Government’s request for deletion of Clause 14 (f) of the Presidential Order after chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy spoke to home minister P Chidambaram this morning over phone on the issue, the sources said.

Following the chief minister’s phone call, the MHA officials informed the relevant file has been forwarded to PMO for perusal by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, they said.

Early this morning, Kiran Reddy spoke to Chidambaram and requested him to get Clause 14 (f) of the Andhra Pradesh Public Employment (Organization of Local Cadres and Regulation of Direct Recruitment) Order, 1975 (Presidential Order) deleted before 13 August when the written test for recruitment of Police Sub-Inspectors (PSI) is scheduled.

TRS and other groups fighting for separate Telangana state had been demanding deletion of the Clause so that only people from Hyderabad and other Telangana districts are eligible for police recruitment.

The move by chief minister came after three ministers from Telangana met him at the Camp Office this morning and mounted pressure to put off the PSI written test till the Clause is deleted, the sources said.

The pro-Telangana groups have threatened to disrupt the test if their demand was not met. The test was postponed once last year over the same issue.