HYDERABAD: In a major relief to Class IV employees, a division bench of the High Court has directed the Andhra Pradesh government to regularise the services of bill collectors/attenders/sweepers working in the panchayat raj and rural development department as per GO issued on November 25, 1993.
The bench of justice P V Sanjay Kumar and justice N Balayogi passed the order on a petition filed by the state panchayat raj and rural development department challenging the order of AP Administrative Tribunal directing it to regularise the services of attenders and sweepers in the department on August 17, 2016.
The tribunal had passed the orders on an application filed in 2012 by several bill collectors/attenders/sweepers working on contract basis in Krishna district during the period from 1980 to 1983. They complained that the government failed to regularise their services since 1993.
As for the case, the erstwhile AP government issued GO No.112 on July 23, 1997 formulating a scheme for regularisation of the services of persons appointed on part-time basis who have worked continuously as part-time workers for a minimum period of ten years and are continuing as on November 25, 1993, the date on which the AP (Regulation of Appointments to Public Services and Rationalization of Staff Pattern and Pay Structure) Act, 1994 came into force, subject to fulfilment of certain terms and conditions.
The department, in its petition, contended that the applicants before the tribunal were entitled to regularisation of their services only from the date of issue of orders on November 26, 2005 but not from the cut-off date of November 25, 1993.
After hearing the arguments and perusing the judgment in the ML Singh case, the bench held, “It is a settled law that the regularization of services, on completion of minimum period of five years as on Nov 25, 1993 as per GO No.212 of April 22, 1994 or completion of minimum 10 years and are continuing as on Nov 25, 1993 as per GO 112 of July 23, 1997, should be from the cut-off date but not from the date of issuance of orders of regularization prospectively.”The bench dismissed the petition by upholding the order of the tribunal and directed the authorities to regularise the services of the petitioners within three months.