Hyderabad: The Union Home Ministry on Friday
repealed the Clause 14 (F) of 1975 Presidential Order, which
had made Hyderabad a "free zone" for employment, a release
from the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister`s office said here
The clause had become highly contentious, and Telangana
leaders long wanted it deleted.
Telangana leaders of ruling Congress, main opposition
TDP, and other parties welcomed the repeal, as it would give
more opportunities to youth from the region.
"This decision has been taken keeping in view the
sentiments of Telangana people. We thank Chief Minister N
Kiran Kumar Reddy on behalf of Telangana people for getting
Clause 14 (F) repealed," Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare
Minister Basavaraju Saraiah told reporters here.
He also appealed to the candidates appearing for police
sub-inspector recruitment examination tomorrow to write it
without any worries.
Students and Telangana leaders of all parties had
demanded postponement of the exam until the repeal of Clause
14 (F). Their contention was that Hyderabad should be a part
of other Telangana districts and not remain a free zone for
Union Home Ministry today issued a notification saying
that President had given approval for deleting Clause 14 (F)
of the Presidential Order, a release from the Chief Minister`s
Office said here.
Acting on a resolution passed by the Andhra Pradesh
Assembly seeking deletion of the clause, and request made by
the Chief Minister, the Union Cabinet Committee on Political
Affairs had recommended to the President that Clause 14 (F) be
deleted, it said.
The Chief Minister`s office claimed that Reddy not only
wrote letters to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, but also
took up the issue with the Prime Minister.
Congress MP from Karimnagar, Ponnam Prabhakar, welcomed
the repeal, but also sought postponement of tomorrow`s exam in
Zone VI of Telangana districts, saying that Telangana students
could not have prepared well due to the agitations.
Asked if the Telangana Congress MPs and state ministers
would start attending to the official duties, as a major
demand had been conceded, Prabhakar said it was a different
issue, and all these matters would be discussed in the August
14 meeting of Telangana Congress leaders.
Hailing the deletion of 14 (F), Telangana TDP leaders
also sought postponement of the exam, to enable Telangana
candidates to prepare better.
State Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy has however said
the exam would be held tomorrow as per the schedule.
Describing the repeal of Clause 14 (F) as a victory of
Telangana people, particularly students and employees, the
Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) Convener M
Kodandaram too demanded postponement of the exam by a month.
He also demanded that the whole Clause 14 be deleted from
the 1975 Presidential Order, in the interest of local