The Andhra Pradesh government will shift administration to the new capital Amaravati on June 27.

The State government has on Wednesday issued a circular asking the secretariat employees to shift by June 20 itself to the new location so that they will be able to start work by June 27, without any further delay.

The Secretariat will be housed in a building coming up at Velagapudi in the capital region. The building will be ready for occupation by the middle of June. Search is also on for suitable buildings in Vijayawada and Guntur to accommodate some departments in case of shortage of space in the new building.

Work on the temporary secretariat began in December last year. The estimated space required to accommodate 33 departments is about 3 lakh sq ft.

Employees’ demand Though initially it was planned to shift the Secretariat in a phased manner, the employees have been demanding a one-time shift of all the departments. If the relocation is delayed beyond June, the employees may face difficulty in securing admission for their wards in educational institutions.

The government has offered five-day week for employees. The AP Secretariat Employees Association is holding discussions with the Chief Secretary seeking more clarity on government support in securing accommodation and higher house rent allowance for 18,000 staff, according to its president Murali Krishna.

The police administration is also set to move out of Hyderabad. A team of top officials had recently conducted a survey to find a suitable building for the office of the Director General of Police.

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