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AP extends ban on junkets by ministers, officers

The Andhra Pradesh government, which is reeling under a severe financial crisis, has imposed a ban on foreign visits of all ministers, officials, cadre and non-cadre officers for one more year from today.



Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government,
which is reeling under a severe financial crisis, has imposed
a ban on foreign visits of all ministers, officials, cadre and
non-cadre officers for one more year from today.

State Chief Secretary S V Prasad issued an order to this
effect.

The ban on foreign visits by ministers and officials is
in force since 2005 and being extended every year.

"The ban exists only on paper and is seldom implemented.
It is only as a matter of routine that it has been extended by
a year again,” a senior bureaucrat said.

As if proving his claim right at least four senior IAS
and IPS officers are ready to embark on foreign trips soon.

IPS officer B Prasada Rao, currently the vice-chairman
and managing director of AP State Road Transport Corporation,
is slated to visit Lyon in France to take part in an
international bus conference from June 5 to 11 while Municipal
Administration Principal Secretary Pushpa Subrahmanyam (IAS)
will visit Seoul from May 31 to June 2 for a round-table
conference on municipal finance.

Information Technology Principal Secretary K Ratna Prabha
will be in Jerusalem from June 6 to 10 to take part in HTIA
conference and Pollution Control Board Secretary K Madhusudana
Rao will be part of a delegation visiting Sweden from May 30
for exchange of knowledge and institutional co-operation on
environmental governance.

Industries Principal Secretary B Sam Bob has just
returned from a four-day trip to the US as part of the
delegation that sought to establish sister-state relationship
between Andhra Pradesh and Washington.

As per the state government orders foreign visits could
be undertaken only in `exceptional circumstances` wherein such
trips are either sponsored or when an officer is nominated by
the Government of India. Official training programmes abroad
do not attract any ban, official sources in the General
Administration Department here said.

"The so-called exceptional cases will have to be
necessarily cleared by none other than the Chief Minister but
in many a case officers are following this norm," a senior
bureaucrat said.

Chief Secretary Prasad, however, said in his fresh order
today that for any foreign visit that does not involve any
expenditure to the state government, the relevant file has to
be forwarded to the Chief Minister through him.

-PTI

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