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AP staff in city see realty conspiracy behind move to shift them

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HYDERABAD: AP government employees working in Hyderabad now see a larger conspiracy behind the hurried decision to shift offices to Vijayawada. They allege that the real estate lobby is pressuring the government to shift 20,000 employees in one go to boost land prices in and around Vijayawada and Guntur.

They also allege that the state government has taken the decision under pressure from real estate companies and a few influential leaders of the ruling party. Incidentally, some ruling party leaders own large tracts of land in and around Amaravati.

“If 20,000 employees along with their families move to Vijayawada, the city will get an additional one lakh people. This will push the demand for housing. High rental will push land prices which will benefit real estate companies that own land around Vijayawada,” pointed out an office-bearer of AP revenue employees’ association. Earlier, the state government had asked the employees to shift to new capital before the next academic year.

Opposition parties also allege that ruling party leaders had purchased huge chunks of land in and around the new capital region, which had witness spurt in the land prices in the initial days. Later, the euphoria subsided and the prices started falling down. With the fall in land prices, the real estate companies are learnt to have come out with an idea to expedite the shifting of government employees from Hyderabad to Vijayawada.

Many leaders, who represent the government staff, expressed surprise over the state government’s campaign against its own staff. “We never said we will not work from Vijayawada. We have only asked the government to provide minimum basic facilities in the capital region,” said APNGOs president P Ashok Babu.

While agreeing to shift to the new capital, whenever it is ready, the employees have decided to request the government to provide minimum facilities in the new capital region. They also want to clarify to the government that they would be more than willing to work from Vijayawada if all offices are located at one place.

“We never asked double-house rent allowance from the government to work in Vijayawada. It was a malicious campaign against the staff. We are ready to work from the new capital region but we request the government to find a suitable place for the state Secretariat and other offices,” U Murali Krishna, AP secretariat association president, told STOI.

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Sprint event to be key in Telangana police recruitment

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HYDERABAD: The ability to sprint quickly is set to become mandatory for recruitment to the police department in Telangana. The government, which is planning to recruit a total of 9,056 personnel for the state police and fire department, has also decided implement women’s quota and accordingly, 33 1/3 of all posts in the civil police would be reserved for women. Ten per cent of the posts in armed police would also be reserved for women.

These were among the announcements made by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao here on Saturday. The chief minister signed orders pertaining to the recruitments in police and fire services.

For written test, history of Telangana has been made mandatory. Previously, physical fitness test for recruitment to the police involved a five kilometre run for men and a two km run for women. In addition, they were also required to demonstrate proficiency in 100 and 800 meters sprints, long and high jumps and shot put throw.

However, physical fitness test procedure for both men and women has been changed now. Men would no longer required to take part in five km run. Instead of proficiency in the five physical efficiency tests, all they need to do is to demonstrate their ability in 800 meters run and exhibit proficiency in two other tests, either long jump, high jump, shot put and 100 meters sprint. For women, the requirement would be to sprint 100 meters and exhibit additional proficiency in either long jump or shot put.

The chief minister office said that henceforth, all recruits will undergo a personality test on the lines of the one administered in army to understand how the candidates feel about issues such as national integrity, oppressed sections of the society and women.

In all, the CMO said, the chief minister signed orders for the recruitment of 8,360 posts in the police department including 185 for the Special Protection Force, while 510 positions will be filled in the fire services.

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BRS, LRS applications only online

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HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will use Google maps and other satellite imagery to determine whether a particular building existed prior to October 28, 2015 or not before regularizing unauthorized buildings, GHMC commissioner B Janardhan Reddy said.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, the commissioner said that applications for Building Regularization Scheme (BRS) and Layout Regularization Scheme (LRS) would be accepted only online to put an end to the system of brokers taking advantage of the applications and stem other malpractices. The applicants can log on to website and apply for the regularization scheme, he said.

He said that the applicants have to upload all the relevant documents such as sale deed, plans, photographs, market value certificates, structural stability and indemnity bond along with the application. The commissioner said about 35,000 LRS and another 4,000 BPS applications are pending with the municipal corporation. The pending applicants have to apply afresh for the regularization schemes and have to pay the penal fees as per the new fixed amounts. However, the amount paid earlier would be adjusted now, the commissioners said. Those applications kept in abeyance under the previous scheme for want of No Objection Certificate (NOC) from fire services department, have to produce the certificate and apply again.

He said the buildings and plots on the lake beds, sikham lands and other prohibited locations would not be considered for regularization schemes, he said.

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