Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Monday sought to woo the secretarial staff to relocate to Amaravati by offering a slew of work relaxations including a five-day week, an additional 30 per cent HRA and housing for government officers. Most of the secretarial staff are now located in the common Capital Hyderabad.
Mr. Naidu, who performed the ceremonial house warming at one of the six blocks at the Government Interim Complex coming up at Velagapudi village at 4.01 am on Monday, also said the staff would be provided with all modern communication tools to clear the pending files. Senior bureaucrats and leaders of the NGO association were present.
Mr. Naidu, who is know as a stickler for work, for a change, appeared to soften his natural style in dealing with employees. Many of the employees have expressed concerns over leaving Hyderabad and relocating to Amaravati. “We will take care of your needs and ensure you have a comfortable stay in the new Capital region. I want a corruption free and transparent administration,'' Mr. Naidu said.
The AP Government has imposed a deadline of June 15, 2016 for secretarial staff and staff working in various directorates to relocate to Amaravati. While a few departments have already started functioning from Vijayawada and Guntur, others were expected to follow suit in the coming two months.
Reminiscing his own problems after deciding to relocate to Vijayawada from Hyderabad, Mr. Naidu said, “I had no office of my own and I was forced to work out of a bus. The bus was my home and office and I moved to the office [Irrigation Office] only after it was renovated. Even I have a family back at Hyderabad. My family members can't move here immediately as they are involved in various businesses,'' Mr. Naidu said.