1. W. P. No. 607 of 1967 has been filed by three petitioners seeking a writ of Mandamus to restrain the Government from implementing the G. O. Ms. No. 179 Public Works Department D/- 2-2-1966 in so far as it relates to them. W. P. No. 938 of 1967 has been filed by three petitioners seeking a wit of Mandamus to direct the respondents 1 and 2 to implement the G. O. Ms. No. 179. Public Works Department dated 2-2-1966 and the petitioners in W. P. No. 607 of 1967 have been made respondents 3 to 5 in this writ petition. It will be convenient to deal with the two writ petitions separately.
2. W. P. No. 607 of 1967: The Electricity Department had two wings (1) Office of the Chief Engineer. Electricity (Projects and Board) and (2) Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector to Government. By an appropriate order dated 14-8-1957, the post of the Chief Electrical Inspector to Government was merged with the post of the Chief Engineer, Electricity. These two wings had separate units. As a measure of policy, the Government of Andhra Pradesh decided to merge the non-technical staff of the Electrical Inspectorate with the office of the Chief Engineer (Projects and Board) with effect from 14-8-1957 and have issued G. O. Ms. No. 179, Public Works Department. dated 2-2-1966. The G. O. is in these terms.
Government of Andhra Pradesh
Electricity Department - Establishment - Chief Electricity Inspector to Government - Merger of Non-Technical Staff with staff of the office of the Chief Engineer, Electricity (Projects and Board) - Orders - Issued. . ... ... ... ...
Public Works Department.
G. O. Ms. No. 179
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From the Chief Engineer (Projects and Board) Lr. No. Adm. Roc. 156- P5/59-99, dated 13-12-1965.