In last four years, Telangana state government has extended the services of more than 400 officials despite their superannuation term end, and this has annoyed the junior staff as it hampered their promotion.
Those whose service have been extended held top positions like chief engineer, commissioner, chief planner. The reason for extending their services was to continue to utilise their expertise in the projects nearing completion.
As per the records from Telangana Finance Department, from June 2, 2014 to June 30, 2018, total of 402 officials who have reached their superannuation, have been re-appointed into service.
A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the High Court against the Telangana State government. Extension of service was given at the discretion of the government and the PIL alleged that it was done based on recommendations by the top guns in the political fraternity.
K. Shyam Sunder, TS panchayat raj civil engineers forum, Hyderabad, said, “After bifurcation, the TS government made re-appointments on contract basis, and deprived those who were supposed to get promotions. Officers who retired from service after attaining the age of superannuation of 58 years have been reappointed through back door method.”
The departments that saw maximum extension of officers are from Portal Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, headed by Cabinet Minister Jupally Krishna Rao; Irrigation and Command Area development, the portfolio of TS irrigation minister T. Harish Rao, followed by departments like revenue which is headed by Deputy Chief Minister Md. Mohamood Ali, Home, N. Narsimha Reddy and general administration department headed by the Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao.