Hyderabad, January 14: Government of Telangana will soon begin the process of re-organisation of 34 departments into just 18.
According to sources, a team of senior officials led by Chief Secretary Dr. S.K. Joshi has prepared a report and also submitted it to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday. The Chief Minister has reportedly accepted the proposal with a few amendments.
The government departments are being reorganised to match them with the maximum number of ministers Telangana State could have as per its strength of MLAs. With 119 MLAs, Telangana cannot have more than 18 ministers, including the Chief Minister. Therefore, the number of departments is being re-organised to ensure that each member of council of ministers handle just one-portfolio. In the previous regime, many ministers held more than one portfolio.
Departments not to be merged or scrapped
The officials have conducted a detailed study of all the departments and prepared an action plan for their re-organisation. While no department is being merged with other or scrapped, departments executing similar functions will be brought under one umbrella. After re-organisation, the key departments are likely to be Agriculture, Irrigation, Welfare, Panchayati Raj, Industries, Energy, Cultural Affairs, Infrastructure, Roads and Buildings. Each department will be headed by a Special Chief Secretary or Principal Secretary. They will be then divided into sub-departments with a Secretary or Commissioner heading it.
The Chief Minister has reportedly expressed satisfaction over the report prepared by the officials and is likely to take a decision on its implementation in the next one or two days.
The TRS retained power for the second term in the elections held on December 7. After the declaration of results on December 11, KCR was sworn in as the Chief Minister on December 13. Only one minister, Mohammed Mahmood Ali, was inducted in KCR cabinet. Since then, several TRS MLAs and MLCs are waiting for cabinet expansion while aspiring for a berth.
With the process of re-organisation of departments in motion, the Chief Minister is likely to take up expansion of his cabinet which is expected on January 18.