Ensure split won't affect services: AP Governor

Governor E S L Narsimhan on Saturday urged officials not to disrupt the services such as water works, power, public distribution, pension payments, seeds and fertiliser supplies to farmers during the bifurcation process of Telangana and residual Andhra Pradesh.

At a marathon review meeting on reorganisation exercise with the chief secretary and heads of sub-committees for bifurcation at Raj Bhavan on Saturday, the governor advised them that the process should be complete by May 15.

A press release from Raj Bhavan said all the key issues, timeline and action plan on the bifurcation should be clearly addressed before June 2, the deadline fixed for formation of the two states and two elected governments to be put in place.

Earlier, Principal Secretary, Finance, P V Ramesh made a  presentation on key issues like the state employees allocation, all India Services officers allocations and division of financial assets to ensure that both successive states function smoothly without fail from day one, the appointed day.

He said activities which are common to all departments, copying of files and maintaining a record room, movable and fixed assets division, training institutions, laws and court cases, IT infrastructure management will all be generated and readied for the final day.

The principle finance secretary said all important files records will be digitised and electronic copies prepared for easy storage and retrieval.

The governor advised the chief secretary and others to complete the entire exercise in a systematic, fair and transparent manner and ensure specifically that all the basic services to common man like the PDS, pension payments, power, water, law and order and security besides crop loans, seeds and fertilisers and also compensations to farmers of both the regions are not affected in any manner in spite of the division of the state.

The chief secretary said that other important issues of State Reorganisation like allocation or division of state-owned companies, corporation, training institutions, power supply, labour etc will be presented and reviewed by the governor on Monday.

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