Zonal system is here is to stay in Telangana

HYDERABAD: In what can be termed as a U-turn, the Telangana government has decided to go back on its proposal to scarp the zonal system in the state.

Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to continue the existing zonal system for employment and education and also to increase zones in the state in accordance with the newly-formed districts.

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Point to be noted here is that the state government thought of scrapping the zonal system after bifurcation of combined Andhra Pradesh. Most of the employees’ unions too supported the same. However, after an initial study, the government has decided to continue the zonal system and increase the existing zones further.

“We have to form new zones. Currently, there are only two zones in Telangana state. This number should be increased. We have to finalise which districts come under which zone considering all the 31 districts. The committee will give their report and it will be discussed in the state cabinet,” Rao said.

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The pivotal factor here is that for this, the state needs to amend the Presidential Order. “We will propose that a new Presidential order is required for the newly formed Telangana state. I will personally go and meet Union home minister and see to it that the new orders are issued soon,” Rao added.