The Union home minister P Chidambaram has called for passing a unanimous resolution in the AP Assembly for deletion of the 14(f) clause from Presidential Orders, 1975 which treats Hyderabad as a ‘Free Zone’ for police recruitment.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy rejected Chidambaram’s suggestion for a fresh resolution stating that the had already passed a resolution in October 2010 for the deletion of the clause, which allows candidates from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions to be recruited for police jobs in Hyderabad. The resolution was passed for deleting the clause14(f) after the Supreme Court upheld Hyderabad as a Free Zone for police recruitments.
The issue assumed significance in view of the opposition of TRS and T-JAC to the proposed state-wide SI examinations scheduled for August 13. They are demanding that the clause be deleted so that Hyderabad district is brought under Zone VI so that only people from Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar, Medak and Nalgonda are eligible for police recruitment.