Hyderabad: The long-time demand of merging Vikarabad to the Charminar zone has finally received its green flag from the state government. Chief Minister K Chandrasekar Rao has asked Telangana Chief Secretary Shailendra Kumar Joshi to shift Vikarabad district from the Jogulamba zone to the Charminar zone.

After the bifurcation of the state in 2014, Telangana was divided into seven job zones. Vikarabad, a district that lies close to the Hyderabad zone, was however made a part of the Jogulamba zone.

The people in Vikarabad believe a merge with Hyderabad will offer new avenues to the district, which has been lagging for years. Vikarabad, an educationally backward district, finds opportunities for employment and faster frequency of recruitment by joining the Charminar zone.

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary �Still I Rise�, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad�s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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