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AP admin takes off from Amaravati

Written By Indiagreat .in on Tuesday, 4 October 2016 | 08:48:00

The feeling of alienation gave way to an air of bonhomie and hope, when around 2,500 employees from Hyderabad descended on the premises of temporary Secretariat to help government set the tone for running administration from the new capital.

The interim Secretariat complex, still under construction at the sleepy and nondescript Velagapudi village, witnessed a flurry of activity as the day broke on with herds of neatly-dressed employees in different cadres, trooped out from the special buses run by the APSRTC and made their way hurriedly into their respective departments. 

The Secretariat premises presented a picture of contrast following an encounter between the white-collared employees and a huge number blue-collared counterparts engaged in construction. A section of employees were seen offering sweets to one another celebrating the occasion. 

The state government has finally let the temporary Secretariat functional over 30 months after the bifurcation of the state amidst hope and despair with signs of administration back on the track by taking the reluctant employees based in Hyderabad onboard. 

Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, his legislative council counterpart Chakrapani and Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu gave the employees much-needed boost by leading them into the new premises.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu laid a foundation stone for construction of the temporary Secretariat with six blocks with a plinth area of six lakh sq.ft in 17 acres in February this year.  Although it was formally inaugurated by Naidu in April, it could not become ready for occupation due to many logistic problems. Still the construction of blocks and interior works are not complete.

An army of workers engaged by contracting firms were seen working overtime in laying approach roads leading to the block housing the Secretariat. Computers were not installed and files deployed from Hyderabad were not in order. “It is just like a family moving into a new building.  

It is quite common to face these teething problems. The die is cast and we have to move on,” observed Muralikrishna, president of the Secretariat employees association. He said that out of 33 departments 28 were shifted to the new premises and all the 2,500 employees reported to the duty on Monday.

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