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YSR lays stone for Transport Bhavan

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The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, taking a look at a model of the `Transport Bhavan' in Hyderabad on Thursday. Also seen are P. Janardhan Reddy, Khairtabad MLA, and Information Minister, Mohd. Ali Shabbir.

HYDERABAD, JUNE 10. The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, on Thursday said it was unfortunate that several people were continuing in Government service well past the age of retirement.

He was speaking to presspersons after laying the foundation for the Rs. 1.5-crore, `Transport Bhavan' in the Road Transport Authority's (RTA) Central Office in Somajiguda here. The Information Minister, Mohd. Ali Shabbir, and Khairatabad MLA, P. Janardhana Reddy, were present.

Dr. Reddy said he had been getting several petitions that despite having officially retired, many were still continuing in office. "Even people above 70 years of age are still heading Government organisations. While affecting career prospects of other regular and younger employees, it is also causing a lot of heartburn," he said.

Dr. Reddy said the Transport Department had maximum public contact and it was imperative for every operation to be `transparent.'

After the Chief Minister left, Mr. P. Janardhan Reddy lodged a complaint with the Transport Commissioner, C.R. Biswal, protesting over the way the Khairatabad corporator, G. Krishna's name had been omitted in the invitation. The four-storeyed structure will be ready by January and have 30,000 square feet of space and house the offices of the Transport Commissioner and other officials. Also, the Central Server of the department will be located there with a view to improve connectivity, Mr. Biswal said.

On revenue collections, he said the department had collected Rs. 1,052 crores against a target of Rs. 958 crores in the financial year 2003-04.

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