Employees on tenterhooks!

A heavy agenda stares in the face of employees in the coming days. Besides organising the Independence Day celebrations at the historic Golconda Fort here and 30 other district headquarters, the employees will have to brace up for roll out on that day ‘Rytu Beema’ – a life insurance scheme for farmers and ‘Kanti Velugu’ – free eye check ups for every citizen in the State.

Also, the government has plans to take up distribution of over 75 crore fish seedlings from July 31 and subsidised buffaloes in the first week of August.

What is working at the back of their minds while visualising their duties ahead is Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s mandate to the Pay Revision Commission to give its report by August 15.

Whether the PRC will submit its recommendations or Mr. Rao will announce an interim relief (IR) pending finalisation of the commission report is the big question doing the rounds.

With barely a fortnight left for the deadline to expire, the commission is still a long way off from completing the job. It has scheduled consultations with employees organisations from August 1. But, the employees’ leaders are letting their imagination run riot expecting a 30 % IR.

Drinking water on trains

Long distance train passengers are always stressed out to fetch food and drinking water in journey and they always keep an eye on the trains when they get down at stations to meet their requirements en route.

Hence, the South Central Railway has proposed to supply purified drinking water free of cost in every coach of trains, to start with Palnadu Express on Guntur-Vikarabad-Guntur route.

Two tanks of 450 litres each are proposed to be set up close to the water sink on both ends of the coaches.

The drinking water will be supplied to the tanks after treatment by Reverse Osmosis plants and the waste water will go to the toilets.

Accordingly, changes in design of coaches are being contemplated to put in place the tanks.

Hopefully, the railway authorities will next focus attention on ensuring cleanliness in the coaches.

To study or not in deemed universities

Legality of some courses offered by deemed and private universities comes to the fore yet again with the Telangana State Council for Higher Education (TSCHE) sending letters to eight of them seeking some clarifications.

The TSCHE was forced to act after a representation was given to Special Chief Secretary of Education that the deemed universities in the State have not acquired necessary permissions from the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

The contention of the complainant was that the varsities should not establish centres in cities outside of States where permission was granted to them.

While the varsities maintain that they have a right to offer courses at their centres in other States, some academics are finding fault with their decision.

However, students seem to be in a dilemma and it is for the officials to clarify soon.

Who needs biometric attendance more?

At a time when the State government is planning to introduce biometric attendance system in government schools for streamlining the recording of attendance of both the students and teachers, the voice for the introduction of similar system in all government and local bodies offices is increasing, albeit from a small section within the government.

The system introduced in some offices on pilot basis has already become defunct due to lack of proper maintenance.

The voice favouring the system is of the view that it would increase accountability among the government employees as late attendance has been a norm in most of the offices.

“More than students it’s appropriate for government employees. In neighbouring Karnataka, even the sanitary workers and watermen in gram panchayats are made to mark their attendance through biometrics before taking up their daily duties,” a government official pointed out.

(N. Rahul, M. Rajeev,

R. Ravikanth Reddy and B. Chandrashekhar)

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