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Service matter - Regularization of daily-wage employees in Group- D as per rules of 2001 instead of rules of 1985 when they were appointed to the post as per the circular and as per the judgment of Apex court delivered earlier in view of the Govt. Circular dt .12.11.1997 - Apex court modified the judgment and held that The Director of the Printing Press is directed to identify the vacancies between 1991 and 2003 in the Group-D/Class-IV posts other than “Gatemen”. This exercise shall be completed within four months. The vacancies thus identified shall be filled-up on regular basis from amongst the daily-wage Group-D/Class- IV employees in service in the Government Press as on 12.11.1997 and who can work at least for five years as on date, before their superannuation as per Rules. The qualification shall be determined as per the 1985 Rules.= Director, Printing and Stationary Department, U.P. Government Press and others … Appellant (s) Versus Moti Lal and others … Respondent (s) = 2014 (March. Part )judis.nic.in/supremecourt/filename=41303

 Service matter - Regularization of daily-wage employees in Group- D as per rules of 2001 instead of rules of 1985  when they were appointed to the post  as per the circular and as per the judgment of Apex court delivered earlier in view of the Govt. Circular dt .12.11.1997  - Apex court modified the judgment and held that The  Director  of  the  Printing  Press  is directed to identify the  vacancies  between  1991  and  2003  in  the Group-D/Class-IV posts other than “Gatemen”. This  exercise  shall  be completed within four months. The vacancies thus identified  shall  be filled-up on regular basis from amongst the daily-wage  Group-D/Class- IV employees in service in the Government Press as on  12.11.1997  and who can work at  least  for  five  years  as  on  date,  before  their superannuation as per Rules. The qualification shall be determined  as per the 1985 Rules.=
Director of Government  Press  was  directed  to
      consider regularization of daily-wage  employees  in  Group-D  as  per
      Rules promulgated in December, 2001.The daily-wage Group-D employees were being engaged in the  Government Press during 1985-1991. U. P. Group-‘D’ Employees Service Rules,  1985
consists of the following posts - Peon,  Messenger,  Chowkidar,  Mali,Farash, Sweeper, Waterman, Bhisti, Tindal, Thelaman, Record-lifter and every other non-technical post.
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The categoric stand taken by the Government before this Court is  that
      the post of “Gatemen” does not belong to Group-D and  that  it  was  a
      separate  selection.  Despite   several   queries,   no   satisfactory
      explanation is forthcoming as  to  when  the  post  of  “Gatemen”  was
      created, how many posts were created and whether the same formed  part
      of the existing Group-D/Class-IV category or not. The  Government  has
      taken a very evasive stand before this Court in that regard.

  18. Be that as it may, in view of the position as explained above, we  are
      of the view that the interest of justice would  be  met  and  complete
      justice can be done if an appropriate direction is issued  to  fill-up
      the posts in Group-D/Class-IV category in the Government Press in  the
      State of Uttar  Pradesh  from  amongst  the  daily-wage  employees  in
      service as on 12.11.1997.  The  Director  of  the  Printing  Press  is
      directed to identify the  vacancies  between  1991  and  2003  in  the
      Group-D/Class-IV posts other than “Gatemen”. This  exercise  shall  be
      completed within four months. The vacancies thus identified  shall  be
      filled-up on regular basis from amongst the daily-wage  Group-D/Class-
      IV employees in service in the Government Press as on  12.11.1997  and
      who can work at  least  for  five  years  as  on  date,  before  their
      superannuation as per Rules. The qualification shall be determined  as
      per the 1985 Rules. This exercise shall be  completed  within  another
      one month. We make it clear that in the process, none of the  existing
      regular employees including the selected gatemen shall  be  disturbed.
      In other words, it will be open to the State to appoint such employees
      and post them either in the vacancies if available in  the  Government
      Press or any other Group-D/Class-IV posts in  the  State.  We  further
      make it clear that without completing this exercise, there shall be no
      regular appointment in any Group-D/Class-IV  posts  in  the  State  of
      Uttar Pradesh.

  19. The judgment under appeal stands modified to the  above  extent.   The
      appeals are disposed of as above.

  20. There is no order as to costs.


      2014 (March. Part )judis.nic.in/supremecourt/filename=41303
H.L. GOKHALE, KURIAN JOSEPH

                  IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA

                       CIVIL  APPELLATE  JURISDICTION

                    CIVIL APPEAL NOS.  3339-3340  OF 2014
               (Arising from S.L.P. (C) Nos. 13340-13341/2010)

Director, Printing and Stationary Department,
U.P. Government Press and others                    … Appellant (s)

                                   Versus

Moti Lal and others                                … Respondent (s)


                                    WITH

                       CIVIL APPEAL NO.   3341 OF 2014
                  (Arising from S.L.P. (C) No. 35522/2010)

Girendra Singh and others                          … Appellant (s)

                                   Versus

State of U.P. and others                                   … Respondent
(s)




                               J U D G M E N T

KURIAN, J.:



      Leave granted.


   2. Both the appeals arise from the  same  judgment  and  hence  they  are
      disposed of by a common judgment.

   3. The challenge is to the judgment of the High Court  of  Judicature  at
      Allahabad wherein the Director of Government  Press  was  directed  to
      consider regularization of daily-wage  employees  in  Group-D  as  per
      Rules promulgated in December, 2001. The case has a chequered history.



   4. The daily-wage Group-D employees were being engaged in the  Government
      Press during 1985-1991. U. P. Group-‘D’ Employees Service Rules,  1985
      consists of the following posts - Peon,  Messenger,  Chowkidar,  Mali,
      Farash, Sweeper, Waterman, Bhisti, Tindal, Thelaman, Record-lifter and
      every other non-technical post.

   5.  The writ petitioners before the High Court through their union  filed
      Writ Petition No. 7034 of 1992  titled  “Pradeshik  Rajkiya  Mudralaya
      Karamchari Samanwaya Samiti, U.P.,  Aish  Bagh,  Lucknow  through  its
      Secretary v. State of U.P. and others”,  seeking  regularization.  The
      said writ petition was disposed of by judgment dated  02.12.1993.  The
      High Court thought it fit to frame a scheme so as to avoid  recurrence
      of such disputes. That judgment  was  challenged  before  this  Court.
      While the matter was pending before this Court, the Government took  a
      decision on 12.11.1997 proposing to regularize them in service, giving
      them, if required, relaxation in  age.  For  easy  reference,  we  may
      extract the relevant portion of the decision:


      “(1)  The numbers of reserved category post is to be calculated on the
           basis of persons working in Class-IV category in the  Government
           Printing Press, and it has to be seen that how  many  posts  are
           lying vacant. Whatever steps are taken by the department to fill
           the vacant said posts, those persons who are  working  on  daily
           wages basis and are qualified otherwise may  be  considered  for
           interview  and  if  the  successful  candidates   requires   age
           relaxation, the same shall be considered at the Government level
           sympathetically. Similarly,  the  posts  reserved  for  backward
           class is to be filled up  from  the  backward  class  candidates
           working on the daily wages basis as per the conditions mentioned
           above.”
                                                         (Emphasis supplied)



   6. The said decision was conveyed to this Court and  thus,  Civil  Appeal
      No. 6326 of 1994 was disposed of on 26.11.1997.  The  order  reads  as
      follows:


      “The appellants have filed an affidavit dated 15th of  November,  1997
      and have annexed to their affidavit a circular which has  been  issued
      by them  on  12.11.1997  setting  out  a  scheme  for  giving  regular
      employment to daily rated workers in the Government Printing Press  at
      Lucknow giving them preference for absorption in regular vacant  posts
      of Class-IV category in the Government Printing Press. The scheme also
      provides for relaxation of age limit for absorption. In paragraph 1 of
      the scheme it is stated that  relaxation  in  age  limit  will,  where
      necessary, be sympathetically considered at the Government  level.  We
      take this as willingness on (sic) the part of the Government to  grant
      such age relaxation in all suitable cases wherever required.  In  view
      of the scheme which is  now  being  proposed  no  further  orders  are
      required in the appeal. The impugned order of  the  High  Court  under
      which the High Court has provided a scheme is,  therefore,  set  aside
      and the present appeal is disposed of.”
                                                         (Emphasis supplied)



   7. It appears, for quite some time,  no  serious  steps  were  taken.  On
      02.06.2001, the Secretary to the Government wrote to the  Director  of
      Printing and Stationary to take immediate steps in compliance with the
      judgment of this Court, in  the  matter  of  regularization.  Being  a
      crucial document, we shall extract the relevant portion  of  the  said
      communication dated 02.06.2001:


      “Industries Deptt. Division-2


                                             Lucknow     :    dated 2.6.2001




      Subject  :  With regard to give  regular  appointment  in  the  vacant
                 Group-D post   in the Government Press to the present daily
                 wages employees.

      Sir,

            On the above  cited  subject,  in  pursuance  of  the  G.O.  No.
      2777/PS/18-8-1(1) PS/96 dated 12.11.97 and in compliance of the  order
      dated 26.11.1997 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India  a  G.O.
      No. 620 PS/18-8-20 (31) PS/93 dated 15.4.1998, I have been directed to
      state that inspite of clear cut instructions  of  Government  for  the
      regular appointment of the present daily wages employees  working  the
      Government Press to the extent of available vacancies in  the  Group-D
      post, no action has  been  taken  for  such  a  long  time  is  highly
      objectionable. Non  action  by  you  and  your  subordinate  officers,
      inspite of having clear cut instructions of Government and  the  order
      of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India could have created a  difficulty
      for the government of non compliance of the order of  Hon’ble  Supreme
      court and a serious situation could have arisen before the Government.

            With regard to above, I have been  directed  to  state  that  in
      pursuance of the above G.O. the present daily wages employees  working
      in the Government Press, steps may be  taken  to  given  them  regular
      appointments on the Group-D posts in accordance  with  the  applicable
      service rules.

      (2)   The proposal of giving age relaxation to the candidates declared
      successful in the interview may be sent to the government.

      (3)   To ensure the reservation policy as per the  related  provisions
      of Rules, shall be the personal responsibilities of your  and  officer
      who would be appointed as Appointing Authority.

      (4)   The regularization of suitable  candidates  of  Schedule  Caste/
      Schedule Tribe, Backward Class and General Class shall be made in  the
      proportion and priority to the extent of availability of the vacancies
      in the said class as has been desired in the above Government Orders.

            I have been also directed to State that the above  said  process
      may be completed within a month and compliance may be reported to  the
      government.”
                                                         (Emphasis supplied)






   8. It was clarified subsequently by  letter  dated  24.09.2001  that  the
      benefit of regularization should  be  given  to  daily-wage  employees
      working as on 12.11.1997.

   9. It appears, instead of taking steps for filling-up the  Group-D  posts
      by the eligible candidates working on daily-wage basis, an attempt was
      made to fill-up the post  of  “Gatemen”  in  the  Press  in  purported
      compliance of the judgment of this Court. It may  be  noted  that  the
      post  of  “Gatemen”  carried  different   pay-scale   with   different
      educational and other qualifications. To quote from the  letter  dated
      29.10.2001:


      “Industries Department, Division-2

                                           Lucknow: Dated 29th October, 2001

      Subject :   With regard to regular  appointment  of  the  daily  wages
                 employees against  the  vacant  posts  of  Gatemen  in  the
                 Government Printing Press.

      Sir,

      Please refer to your letter No. Est. 726 dated  30.7.2001  vide  which
      vacant post of Gatemen pay scale 2550-3200 sought to be  included  for
      the absorption /regularization of the daily  wages  employees  of  the
      Government Printing Press working on Class-IV post  in  compliance  of
      the order dated 26.11.1997 passed by  the  Hon’ble  Supreme  Court  in
      Civil Appeal 6326 of 1994.

            With regard to above, I have been  directed  to  state  that  in
      compliance of the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s order  and  considering  the
      existing circumstances, government had decided, steps may be taken  to
      expeditiously  fill  up  the  vacant   posts   of   the   Gatemen   by
      selection/regularizing services of such daily wages Class-IV employees
      working in the  department  who  fulfill  the  following  criteria  of
      educational qualification and physical standard:



      (1)   Educational qualification   :          High School from
                                              the             Secondary
                                              Educational Council, U.P.


      (2)   Physical fitness            :     Physically         and
                                             mentally fit, certified by  the
                                             Chief Medical Officer.

      (3)   The measurement of height and chest to  determine  the  physical
      standard (sic):
           (1)   Height     : 167 CM
           (2)   Chest without swelling : 81 CM
           (3)   Chest getting swelled : 88.3 CM”
                                                         (Emphasis supplied)




  10. It may be noted in this context  that  qualification  for  the  Group-
      D/Class-IV posts as on the date of judgment of this Court or  even  on
      the government order dated  02.06.2001  was  only  pass  in  class  IV
      examination, as per 1985 Rules. It is also pertinent in  this  context
      to note that the post of “Gatemen” was  not  included  in  the  Group-
      D/Class-IV posts as on that date.

  11. By the time the  process  for  selection  to  the  post  of  “Gateman”
      commenced, the State came with a new set of Rules  for  regularization
      of daily-wage  employees  in  Group-D/Class-IV,  viz.,  Uttar  Pradesh
      Regularization of Daily Wages Appointments on Group-‘D’  Posts  Rules,
      2001. Rule 4 of the said Rules,  to  the  extent  relevant,  reads  as
      follows:

      “4. Regularisation of daily wages appointments on Group ‘D’ posts.-(1)
      Any person who-

      (a) was directly appointed on daily wage basis on a Group ‘D’ post  in
      the Government service before June  29,  1991  and  is  continuing  in
      service as such on the date of commencement of these Rules; and

      (b)  possessed  requisite   qualification   prescribed   for   regular
      appointment for that post at the time of  such  appointment  on  daily
      wage basis under the relevant Service Rules, shall be  considered  for
      regular appointment in permanent  or  temporary  vacancy,  as  may  be
      available in Group ‘D’ post, on the  date  of  commencement  of  these
      Rules on the basis of his record and suitability  before  any  regular
      appointment is made in such vacancy in accordance  with  the  relevant
      Service rules or Orders.”
                                                         (Emphasis supplied)




  12. The writ petitioners contended that  the  vacancies  in  the  post  of
      “Gatemen” should be filled-up only as per 2001 Rules.  The  contention
      was upheld leading to the impugned judgment. The High Court  took  the
      view that when the selection for appointment to the post of  “Gatemen”
      was conducted, the  2001  Rules  were  in  operation  and  hence,  any
      selection could only be made in accordance with those Rules and not as
      per the government instructions dated 29.10.2001.

  13. Thus aggrieved, the Director of  Printing  Press  and  the  candidates
      already selected and appointed to the post of “Gatemen”  in  terms  of
      the communication dated 29.10.2001 are before this Court.

  14. It is the main contention of the appellants that “Gatemen”  is  not  a
      post born in the cadre  of  Group-D.  It  is  a  separate  cadre  with
      different job requirements and  hence,  the  qualification  and  other
      requirements are laid  down  separately.  But  the  writ  petitioners,
      respondents herein contended that “Gatemen” is only a Group-D/Class-IV
      post and it is interchangeable with other  Group-D/Class-IV posts  and
      is actually  being  interchanged  also  among  other  Group-D/Class-IV
      posts. It is further contended that this Court  having  been  made  to
      understand that the existing vacancies in  Group-D/Class-IV  posts  in
      the Government Press would be  filled-up  as  per  the  then  existing
      Rules, after giving age relaxation, it is unjust and unfair to   fill-
      up the post of “Gatemen” on prescribing different qualification.

  15. It is seen that some of the respondents herein  also  participated  in
      the selection. However, they were rejected either on the ground of not
      possessing the requisite qualification or on account of lacking in the
      required physical fitness.

  16. Be that as it may, the history of the case as we  have  exposed  above
      would show that the  demand  of  the  daily-wage  Group-D/    Class-IV
      employees working in the Government Press during  1991-1992  had  been
      accepted in principle by the Government and the Government had  issued
      appropriate directions to accord relaxation in  age.  This  Court  was
      made to believe that steps in that regard would be taken and thus only
      the Civil Appeal was disposed of by judgment dated 26.11.1997. We find
      that no meaningful steps have been taken in that regard. Instead,  the
      vacancies to  the  post  of  “Gatemen”  have  been  filled-up  with  a
      different qualification. Many of the Group-D/Class-IV employees  could
      not succeed either on  account  of  educational  qualification  or  on
      account of physical fitness. At the risk of redundancy,  we  may  note
      that such requirements as prescribed by the order dated 29.10.2011 for
      the post of “Gatemen” were not there in 1985 Rules ruling the field as
      on the date of the decision of the  Government  dated  02.06.2001  for
      filling-up the vacancies in the Government Press.

  17. The categoric stand taken by the Government before this Court is  that
      the post of “Gatemen” does not belong to Group-D and  that  it  was  a
      separate  selection.  Despite   several   queries,   no   satisfactory
      explanation is forthcoming as  to  when  the  post  of  “Gatemen”  was
      created, how many posts were created and whether the same formed  part
      of the existing Group-D/Class-IV category or not. The  Government  has
      taken a very evasive stand before this Court in that regard.

  18. Be that as it may, in view of the position as explained above, we  are
      of the view that the interest of justice would  be  met  and  complete
      justice can be done if an appropriate direction is issued  to  fill-up
      the posts in Group-D/Class-IV category in the Government Press in  the
      State of Uttar  Pradesh  from  amongst  the  daily-wage  employees  in
      service as on 12.11.1997.  The  Director  of  the  Printing  Press  is
      directed to identify the  vacancies  between  1991  and  2003  in  the
      Group-D/Class-IV posts other than “Gatemen”. This  exercise  shall  be
      completed within four months. The vacancies thus identified  shall  be
      filled-up on regular basis from amongst the daily-wage  Group-D/Class-
      IV employees in service in the Government Press as on  12.11.1997  and
      who can work at  least  for  five  years  as  on  date,  before  their
      superannuation as per Rules. The qualification shall be determined  as
      per the 1985 Rules. This exercise shall be  completed  within  another
      one month. We make it clear that in the process, none of the  existing
      regular employees including the selected gatemen shall  be  disturbed.
      In other words, it will be open to the State to appoint such employees
      and post them either in the vacancies if available in  the  Government
      Press or any other Group-D/Class-IV posts in  the  State.  We  further
      make it clear that without completing this exercise, there shall be no
      regular appointment in any Group-D/Class-IV  posts  in  the  State  of
      Uttar Pradesh.

  19. The judgment under appeal stands modified to the  above  extent.   The
      appeals are disposed of as above.

  20. There is no order as to costs.


                                                              ..…….…..…………J.
                                                       (H. L. GOKHALE)


                                                                ..……………………J.
                                                       (KURIAN JOSEPH)
New Delhi;
March 7, 2014.
ITEM NO.1A                COURT NO.11             SECTION XI


         S U P R E M E   C O U R T   O F   I N D I A
                      RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS


Civil Appeal No. _______ of 2014 @
Petition(s) for Special Leave to Appeal (Civil) No(s).13340-13341/2010


DIR. PRINT.& STAT.DEP.U.P.GOVT.PRESS&ORS.        Petitioner(s)
                         VERSUS
MOTI LAL & ORS.                                  Respondent(s)


WITH
C.A. No. _____ of 2014 @ SLP(C) NO. 35522 of 2010


Date: 07/03/2014  These matters were called on for Judgment today.


For Petitioner(s)      Mr. Pramod Swarup,Sr.Adv.
                       Ms. Pareena Swarup,Adv.
                       Ms. Alka Sinha,Adv.
                 for   Mr. Anuvrat Sharma,Adv.


                       Mr. S.R. Singh,Sr.Adv.
                       Mr. D.N. Dubey,Adv.
                       Mr. Avnish Singh,Adv.
                       Mr. Rajesh Srivastava,Adv.
                       Mr. Sushant K. Yadav,Adv.
                  For  Mr. Yash Pal Dhingra,Adv.


For Respondent(s)      Mr. Manoj Swarup,Adv.
                       Ms. Lalita Kohli,Adv.
                       Mr. Abhishek Swarup,Adv.
                  for  M/S. Manoj Swarup & Co.,Advs.


                     Mr. Yatish Mohan,Adv.
                       Ms. Vinita Y. Mohan,Adv.
                       Ms. Archana Gaur,Adv.
                       Mr. Anand Bali,Adv.
                  for  Mr. E.C. Vidya Sagar,Adv.


                       Ms. N. Annapoorani,Adv.
                       Mr. Avijit Bhushan,Adv.



                 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph pronounced the  judgment
        of the Bench comprising Hon'ble Mr. Justice H.L.  Gokhale  and  His
        Lordship.
                 Leave granted.
                 The appeals are disposed of, with no order as to costs.




        [ Neeta ]                          [ Usha Sharma]
         Sr. P.A.                          Court Master
        (Signed non-reportable Judgment is placed on the file)

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