Free Zone ? Implement G.O 610 అక్టోబర్ 20, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Congress, Economy, G.O 610, Hyderabad, Identity, In News, Mulki, politics, Six Point Formula, Telangana, TRS.
SC judgment spurs revival of Telangana movement
Deccan Herald News Service, Oct 18, Hyderabad:
The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has decided to launch a peaceful agitation from next week to achieve its goal of a separate state. However, the TRS workers will not hesitate to face bullets if the government attempts to suppress the movement.
Announcing the new phase of the movement, TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, who has been lying low after the electoral rout of his party in May, said the party will launch the new phase at a public meeting in Medak district on October 21 followed by a week-long mobilisation of the cadres from division-level which will culminate in a “jail bharo” programme on October 28.
The immediate reason for the revival of the issue of a separate Telangana is the Supreme Court judgment of last week making Hyderabad city a “free zone” for recruitment of police, meaning the six-point formula, a guarantee given by the Centre, to protect the interests of people of Telangana in government recruitment will not be applicable in Hyderabad zone. The TRS has said it will file a writ in the SC appealing against the decision.
The government, too, has called for an all-party meeting on Monday to discuss the implications of the judgment. The TRS is also demanding equal share for Telangana in Krishna waters and wants the region’s share to be specified and allocated.
Rao said the interests of the people of Telangana could be protected only by amending the Constitution.
To put pressure on the Congress governments both at the Centre and in the state to grant statehood to the region, the TRS will intensify its struggle, he said.
File review petition against ‘free zone’ ruling: TNGOs
The Hindu 13, October 2009
HYDERABAD: The Telangana NGOs’ Central Union on Monday demanded the State Government to immediately file a review petition in the Supreme Court against its ruling on Hyderabad ‘free zone’ and order a comprehensive enquiry into the administration’s alleged inefficient handling of the case.
Leaders and members of the union took out a rally from the Telangana NGOs Bhavan to the Martyrs’ Memorial, near the State Assembly, demanding intervention of both the Central and the State Governments in the case.
They wanted the State Government not to implement the court order as it did in 1972 in the court’s ruling on ‘Mulki’ rules. If the order is enforced, the interests of Telangana employees will be in jeopardy, they alleged. The leaders contended that there is no mention of a ‘free zone’ in the Presidential Order.
Members of the union will stage dharnas in front of Collectorates in Telangana districts on Tuesday seeking intervention of the Governments and an announcement by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah clarifying the Government stand on the issue in view of varying interpretations by leaders of political parties.
K. Swamy Goud, president, G. Devi Prasad, general secretary, M. B. Krishna Yadav, G. Venkateswarlu, S. M. Hussaini, R. Ranjan, Saleemuddin and K. Venkateswarlu were among those who took part in the rally.
‘Implement G.O. 610’
Karimnagar Staff Reporter writes: The Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers Union Karimnagar district unit has decided to stage a dharna in front of the Collectorate here on Tuesday afternoon in protest against the Supreme Court’s decision of declaring Hyderabad as a free zone.
In a press note here on Monday, TNGOs’ president A. Satyanarayana and general secretary N. Narasimha Swamy said that Hyderabad is part of Telangana and cannot be included as free zone.
Demanding the government to implement G.O. 610, Girglani report, Presidential Order and Mulki rules, they urged the Supreme Court to rethink about the decision in the interest of development of backward Telangana region.
KCR’s words on free zone puzzle TRS men
Express News Service, 12 Oct 2009
HYDERABAD: K Chandrasekhara Rao of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) remains as enigmatic as ever.
After praising Sonia Gandhi sky-high and describing her as a dayamayi (kind-hearted person), Rao has not ceased surprising TRS observers. The latest one came from his statement condemning his colleagues’s threat of plunging the State into anarchy if Hyderabad were to remain a free zone insofaras implementation of GO 610 is concerned.
The TRS chief said that declaration of Hyderabd as a free zone by the Supreme Court was a very simple issue and that the TRS leaders need not get worked up over it. He said it could be resolved by filing a revision petition in the apex court.
What has been puzzling the TRS cadres is the slow but unmistakable shift of the party’s stand from its avowed policy of fighting and espousing the cause of Telagnana. While he was praising Sonia Gandhi at one point of time, Chandrasekhara Rao said that he was first a resident of (united) Andhra Pradesh and then only Telangana man.
In another context, referring to flood victims, the TRS chief said that pain was same to everyone regardless of whether one was a national of Ethiopia or Uganda or Nagayalanka or Nakrekal (watch the order of the places).
Then he talks about the regular visit of people of Guntur and Vijayawada to Telagnana Bhavan, the headquarters of his party. “Several people from these two towns (which are in Andhra) who visit the Indo-American Cancer Hospital for treatment to their relatives come to Telanana Bhavan for shelter. We cannot deny. It is a human problem,’’ he said and wondered aloud whther people in Andhra would remain unmoved if a person from Telangana went to Vijayawada and met with a road accident.
This shift in the core philosophy of party coupled with praising Sonia Gandhi and insisting on a CBI inquiry into the projects constructed by the the late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s government under Jalayagnam appears not to irritate the Congress national leadership and if possible please it by speaking words that it would like to hear.
As the high command is not in favour of YSR’s son Jagan Mohan Reddy and is never in favour of Telangana, the TRS chief is speaking words that would take him much closer to the Congress and extend any strategic help that the party might require in future.
What would be his pound of flesh in return for his help is not clear yet though the situation might help him regain his lost ground as regards the party’s presence in Telangana.
KCR opts for softer line on Telangana
Deccan Chronicle, October 12, 2009
By Our Correspondent
Hyderabad Oct. 11: The TRS chief, Mr K. Chandrasekar, who is known for his adamant and ruthless attitude took a ‘U’ turn on Sunday when he condemned the statements of his party leaders against the Supreme Court judgement on making Hyderabad city a free zone.
KCR criticised the TRS legislative party leader, Mr E. Rajender, for making provocative statements on the issue.
Some TRS leaders threatened violence if the government not appeal against the Supreme Court direction.
“Issuing a threat of violence is not good and it has no place in democracy. I condemn such statements. After all the making Hyderabad a free zone for certain posts is small issue when it comes to Telangana state,” said KCR.
For the first time, he announced that he always wished the state should move forward and achieve all-round development. He directed his party to exercise restraint on the sensitive issues.
A few days ago, KCR had announced that he was first a citizen of Andhra Pradesh and then a Telanganite. Sources in the party disclosed that after massive defeat in the elections and observing the support that the late had YSR garnered across the Telangana, KCR had changed his mind.
Two days ago, KCR had made an acerbic comment on the irrigation minister, Mr P. Laxmaiah, regarding the projects under constructions in the Rayalaseema region. This had led to a high-pitched political debate between Congress and TRS leaders.
‘City is free zone only for police’
Express News Service 11 Oct 2009
HYDERABAD: Members of the ruling Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Telangana Employees’ Union have said that the Supreme Court’s judgment treating Hyderabad as a “free zone’’ would be applicable only to the police department.
If this were to be extended to other departments of government then it would amount to violation of the Presidential Orders issued in 1975, they opined.
The Supreme Court, in its orders in a case filed by some petitioners(police inspectors) challenging the orders issued by the Andhra Pradesh High Court, dismissed the High Court orders and adjudged Hyderabad a “free zone’’.
The police inspectors who were transferred to their own districts by the government had first approached the State Administrative Tribunal and later moved the High Court. The High Court, in its orders, stated that Hyderabad fell under Zone-6 (which includes the districts of Nizamabad, Mahaboobnagar, Medak, Nalgonda and Hyderabad).
Talking to mediapersons here Saturday, senior Congress leader and MLC KR Amos maintained that the apex court’s judgment would be applicable only to the police department, and if the `free zone’ logic were extended to other departments it would go against the presidential orders.
Meanwhile, TRS Assembly Floor Leader Etela Rajender has demanded that the State Government call an allparty meeting and constitute a Cabinet sub-committee to discuss the issue. He warned of the revival of the 1969 Telangana agitation in the region if the “free zone’’ was made applicable to all other departments. The State Government should immediately act on the issue and take steps for its non-implementation, he added.
The TRS leader said there was a need for the government to adopt three zones — Telangana, Rayalaseema and Andhra zones — to do justice to the people of the regions concerned. He also urged the Government to take measures for total implementation of GO 610, and to adopt a “fair share system’’ in respect of State Secretariat staff.
Senior BJP leader Ch Vidyasagar Rao also called for an all-party meeting on the “free zone’’ issue. Telangana Employees’ Union president Vittal has said the Supreme Court’s verdict would do injustice to Telangana employees. There was scope for sharpening of “regional differences’’ if the Court verdict was implemented. The union was going to file a review petition in the apex court on the issue, he added