It’s ‘no work, full pay’ for many ministers of Andhra Pradesh.
Despite staying away from official duties since July 4, demanding creation of Telangana state, 12 ministers from the region drew their full salary and other perks for the month on Monday.
"We have dispatched the pay cheques today to all ministers," a senior official of the General Administration Department said.
"They may not be attending work but technically they continue to be ministers. They did not quit their posts nor were they removed. Hence, their salaries can’t be stopped," the official pointed out.
On July 4, 11 out of 15 ministers from Telangana submitted their resignations only from the membership of the state Assembly but did not quit their cabinet positions. Another minister put in his papers the next day.
Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar rejected their resignations on July 23.
All of them, however, had been staying away from official duties though they continue to move around in official vehicles with the blue beacons and full security contingent since they "technically" remain "ministers".
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy conducted two formal meetings with the Telangana ministers and persuaded them to return to work but to no avail.
Though at least half of the ministers are said to be inclined to resume duties, the others are dissuading them saying they would face the people’s wrath, sources said.
Interestingly, barring two or three, the ministers, who were supposed to have resigned from their posts, have not even visited their native constituencies in the last one month.
Most of them are busy doing the rounds between New Delhi and Hyderabad while others are staying incommunicado.
Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha has not visited his native Medak district or his Assembly constituency Andhole. He, however, is not among those who quit on the issue of statehood.(PTI)