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GO banning re-employment of retired staff issued

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, 14. In a major policy shift benefiting unemployed youth and in-service personnel, the State Government today introduced a ban on re-employment of retired staff, including superannuated IAS officers, heads of departments, public sector undertakings and agencies.

A GO, providing for the big change sought by a cross-section of society and promised the other day by the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, was issued by the Chief Secretary, Mohan Kanda. The ban is with immediate effect.

According to a preliminary estimate, about 1,000 retired employees, presently working in departments, PSUs, agencies and corporations, holding top executive posts, will go, opening chances of promotion to in-service personnel.

A GO was issued on October 24, 1995, banning any extension of service after superannuation. Some departments/agencies, however, resorted to appointment of retired Government servants in various capacities in departments on a contract basis. Today's order stated that the Government, after a review of the re-employment policy, took a decision to dispense with the services of such personnel working against regular posts.

The GO, however, provides scope for some exemptions out of administrative considerations. Heads of departments have been asked to circulate separate files for obtaining fresh orders from the Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary and the Finance Department in cases where continuance of such staff/officers is necessary. They have been instructed to immediately take necessary steps for implementing the ban.

As an immediate late evening fallout, a majority of directors on the board of AP Genco, remaining after resignation by J. Parthasarathy as CMD, sent in their resignations. Their counterparts in the AP Transco are likely to follow suit, it is reliably learnt

The long list of those going out includes the big names like K. Subrahmanyam, who heads the one-man commission on PSUs and who recommended closure of several Government undertakings, some officers in the Chief Minister's office itself, and all advisors heading several departments posing a challenge to the regular officers.

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