The YSR Congress government headed by chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is all set to fill over 1.26 lakh jobs, completely new posts, in the next one week. These 1.26 lakh new employees would be working in the village secretariats, which would start working from October 2, 2019, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Village Secretariats are one of the greatest administrative reforms that the Jaganmohan Reddy government had brought in, fulfilling the Gram Swaraj dream of the father of the nation, hence the chief minister dedicated the launch of these village secretariats to Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.
Never in the history of any State in the country it happened with the government recruiting 1.26 lakh employees at a stroke. This could be seen as a great achievement for the government. The selection process for this recruitment went on peacefully, though 19.50 lakh candidates have appeared for the written examinations for these posts, held from September 1 to 8, 2019. The results of these examinations were released by chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy on Thursday. Each village secretariat would have 12 to 14 employees representing agriculture, horticulture, revenue, health, education, panchayat raj and other departments, which have more public interface.
People in the villages need not go to the mandal headquarters to get some official work done. They can approach the secretariat in their village and get things like ration cards, houses, pensions and other government benefits besides caste, income and nativity certificates. Even land records would be made available to the people in the village secretariats thus taking administration to the door steps of the people.
It was late N T Rama Rao who had introduced this kind of reforms earlier where he intorudced mandal system in the place of Taluqs, which were too far for the people to visit and get things done. Every taluq was then reorganised into at least four mandals bringing the administration and officers close to the people. It is now Jaganmohan Reddy, who had further reorganised the administration taking the government to the door steps of the people through these village secretariats.