After dilly-dallying for months, the Andhra Pradesh secretariat employees have finally agreed to shift to the temporary capital in Amaravati by June 15, top AP officials and employee unions jointly said on Monday . Another 54,000 employees working in various directorates and commissionerates will move to the Amaravati by the end of August. This was decided at a meeting convened by chief secretary SP Tucker and municipal administration minister P Narayana with representatives of employee unions.
The employees were represented by AP Secretariat Employees Association, AP Revenue Services Union, AP NGOs Association and the AP Commercial Taxes and Excise Association. It was decided the entire secretariat will be located in blocks 1, 2 and 3 in temporary capital which is under construction, while the directorate staff will be housed in block 4 and 5. In the sixth block, assembly hall will be set up. The meeting was also attended by the officials of construction majors Larsen & Toubro and Shaporji and Pallonji, who gave a presentation on the building plan of the temporary secretariat complex.
“They explained that construction is underway for six blocks with 6 lakh square feet space. Each block will have two floors with all facilities for the staff. Entire secretariat staff will be shifted by June 15 and employees of the directorates and commissionerates will follow suit so on,“ says U Muralikrishna, president, AP Secretariat Employees Association.
Representatives of L&T informed the government that they would handover six blocks with 3 lakh square feet space by June 15. In the second phase of construction, chief minister’s office and ministers’ chambers will be taken up .
However, 20 per cent of staff will continue to work out of Hy derabad until the high court, administrative tribunal and legal offices are bifurcated.