Boots on the ground: Telangana approves 3,966 police posts in Hyderabad to curb drug menace

Telangana Cabinet also cleared an allotment of ₹1,865 crore to the Roads and Buildings Department to take up repairs of roads.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Dec 10, 2022 | 11:02 PM Updated Dec 10, 2022 | 11:02 PM

The Telangana Cabinet met at Pragathi Bhavan, the official residence and principal workplace of the chief minister.

The Telangana Cabinet, which met at Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday, 10 December, cleared a proposal to fill 3,966 posts in the three police commissionerates of Hyderabad, Cyberabad, Rachakonda, as well as the Command Control Centre, Narcotics Control Bureau and Telangana Cyber Safety Bureau, to rein in the growing drug menace in the city.

The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, noted with concern how the drug menace was becoming a law and order problem and how it was affecting the future of the youth.

The Cabinet also gave a green signal for the creation of new police stations, circles, and divisions in the jurisdiction of the three police commissionerates. The idea is to improve the law and order situation further by strengthening the police department.

Other key decisions 

The Cabinet meeting, which lasted for about five hours, also discussed the provision of ₹3 lakh to the poor who have land for the construction of houses.

The Cabinet, in another decision, cleared an allotment of ₹1,865 crore to the Roads and Buildings Department to take up periodic repairs of the roads. The Cabinet also allocated ₹635 crore to the department to restore roads that might be washed away by floods and rains.

All officials from the level of deputy executive engineers (DEE) and above have been empowered to take on-the-spot decisions for the restoration of roads. Accordingly, a DEE could take the decision to spend up to ₹25 lakh in a year, with each work not exceeding ₹2 lakh.

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Similarly, an executive engineer (EE) would be authorised to sanction ₹1.5 crore (each work not exceeding ₹25 lakh), a superintendent engineer (SE) ₹2 crore (each work not exceeding ₹50 lakh) and a chief engineer (CE) ₹3 crore (each work not exceeding ₹1 crore ).

As time would be of the essence, in emergencies, works could be entrusted on a nomination basis.

The Cabinet also gave the green signal for creating an additional 472 posts in the Roads and Buildings Department, which include three CEs, 12 SEs, 13 EEs, 102 DEs, 163 AEEs (assistant executive engineers), and 28 divisional accounts officers.

The Cabinet also cleared a proposal to fill 2,591 posts in Mahatma Jyotiba Phule BC Welfare Residential Schools.

According to sources, the Cabinet discussed, with growing concern, the ₹40,000 crore shortfall in the state budget this fiscal year due to the decision taken by the states to curb borrowings from the Centre, including off-budget borrowings.

The Cabinet explored ways to plug the shortfall and discussed what the government should do in case the same trend continues in the next fiscal year as well.