AP Secretariat starts functioning from Amaravati

3 October 2016

After one year from laying the foundation stone for Amaavati, The Andhra Pradesh Secretariat on Monday began functioning from the interim government complex that came up at Amaravati, the state's permanent capital city, with majority of the employees shifting there. Aiming to run the administration from within Andhra Pradesh's geography, the state government had begun the process of shifting the Secretariat and other offices from its shared capital Hyderabad to Amaravati a few months ago.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for Amaravati, on the banks of river Krishna near Vijayawada, on the auspicious day of Vijaya Dasami last year. Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on the day of Dasara this year will step at his chamber situated at the first block in the first floor of the Secretariat.

 

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had started functioning from Vijayawada a few months ago.Though Hyderabad is the shared capital city for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for 10 years as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, Naidu had unilaterally decided that the government's seat of power should be within the geography of the state and started constructing an interim government complex (temporary secretariat) at Velagapudi village near Vijayawada.

 

While many departments and employees have already shifted to the temporary secretariat braving lot of hardship and inconvenience, several others moved from Hyderabad only the last weekend. The state government plans to keep only skeletal staff in Hyderabad to attend to court cases and to meet other purposes.

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