Telangana Secretariat to be at Erragadda
The Telangana Cabinet on Friday decided to scrap the controversial FAST (Financial Assistance to Students of Telangana) scheme and to continue with the previous Congress government’s fee reimbursement scheme.
In a seven-hour-long meeting, the Cabinet also decided to shift the Secretariat to the Erragadda Chest Hospital location where a new Secretariat complex will be constructed at a cost of Rs 150 crore.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said that the existing age-old Secretariat buildings had dangerous vastu defects that would only bring evil and not allow the state to prosper.
Relocation of the Chest Hospital had also become inevitable since it was located in a heavily polluted area, he stated, adding that the Chest Hospital would be shifted to Vikarabad, at the old TB Sanitarium and if needed, doctors and other medical staff would be adjusted from Hyderabad-based hospitals.
The Cabinet sanctioned Rs150 crore for construction of the new Secretariat. It will be an integrated complex with housing for all ministers, secretaries and heads of departments, making administration far more convenient. All government offices will be located there.
Mr Rao said the complex would be completed in a year and added that he had already asked officers to prepare designs. After the marathon Cabinet meeting at the Secretariat, the Chief Minister announced that the fee reimbursement scheme, introduced by the previous Congress government, would be followed in the state.
Existing local and non-local norms as per Article 371D of the Constitution would be followed to determine eligibility of students, replacing the November 1, 1956 cutoff year as had been prescribed in the FAST scheme.