Chief Minister KCR Resolves Complete Abolishment of VRA System

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao made a noteworthy announcement on Sunday, declaring the abolishment of the remnants of the VRA system. The VRA system has been in place for an extended period, using outdated terms like Neerati, Maskuru, and Lashkar, which, according to the Chief Minister, represent a feudal past that needs to be entirely eradicated.

During a high-level review meeting at the Secretariat, the Chief Minister conveyed that the current VRAs across the State will be regularized in supernumerary positions within the Revenue department. Their placements in the departments of Municipal Administration, Mission Bhagiratha, and Irrigation will be based on their academic qualifications. The Chief Minister stressed that they will be permanently absorbed as government employees. To facilitate this, he directed Chief Secretary A Santhi Kumari to issue the necessary orders on Monday.

In another significant decision, the Chief Minister opted to implement a 30 percent increment for contract and outsourcing employees working in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB), following a recommendation from the PRC (Pay Revision Commission). This move is expected to benefit approximately 4,000 Water Board employees.