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HC suspends GOs absorbing VRAs in other departments

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The High Court suspended the GOs issued by the Telangana Government absorbing Village Revenue Assistants (VRAs) in its departments. The HC issued interim orders on Thursday to continue the conditions prevailing before the issuance of the GO on July 24.

It may be recalled that the BRS government decided to transfer VRAs to other departments and give government pay scales to them. As per the decision, the Revenue Department issued GO No: 81 on July 24 and the Finance Department issued GO No: 85 on August 3.

The Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA) issued guidelines on August 3 regarding the transfer of VRAs to other departments. As per CCLA guidelines, orders were issued to appoint 16,758 VRAs aged below 61 according to their educational qualifications in lower-grade service as Record Assistants and Junior Assistants in government departments.

The government also decided to appoint the legal heirs of 3,797 VRAs who had crossed the retirement age on compassionate grounds.

But 30 Subordinates of Revenue Department approached the High Court alleging that they were meted out injustice as the adjustment process took place against laws and service rules. The Subordinates alleged in their appeal to the court that the government created posts for VRAs without doing scientific study and without any exercise. Infact, the collectors of all districts completed the process of giving posts for the last two days to the VRAs in various departments.

Dealing with the petition filed by the Subordinates, the High Court prima facie agreed with the petitioners’ contention and suspended the GOs issued by the government and directed the government to restore the status they had before July 24.The High Court also directed the petitioners to delete the names of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and the Election Commissioner from the list of respondents. The court directed the government to file counters with full details and adjourned the case for four weeks.

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