NEW DELHI, Dec 13: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has hailed the high disposal rate of the newly created Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) Benches of Jammu and Srinagar.
While reviewing the functioning of the two exclusive separate CAT Benches of Jammu and Srinagar respectively along with Chairman CAT Manjula Das, the Minister was glad to note that in a span of just 15 days, more than 100 cases had been disposed of by the Srinagar CAT Bench while the Jammu Bench had disposed of over 6,000 cases in over one year.
The Srinagar CAT Bench was inaugurated by Dr Jitendra Singh very recently on 23rd of November this year while the Jammu Bench was inaugurated by him in June last year. The two CAT Benches in J&K deal exclusively with service matters of government employees.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, Jammu & Kashmir is the only Union Territory in the country to have two CAT Benches and this signifies the impetus that the Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives to the Union Territory of J&K and the well-being of its Government Officers/Staff so as to keep them a motivated force which would ultimately accelerate the development of the UT.
The Minister said, two Benches for J&K will go a long way in not only reducing the burden of various Courts, but would also provide to the persons covered by the Administrative Tribunals, speedy relief in respect of their grievances and service matters. It is worth highlighting that both the buildings of CAT at Jammu and Srinagar respectively have been allotted by the UT Government.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed that the Jurisdiction of Jammu Bench of CAT extends up to 10 districts of UT of J&K and one district Leh from UT of Ladakh, while the jurisdiction of Srinagar Bench extends up to 10 districts of UT of J&K and one district Kargil from UT of Ladakh.
Dr Jitendra Singh remarked that the Modi Government is committed to transparency and “justice for all”. The people – friendly reforms undertaken in the last seven years have benefitted the entire country including the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. He said that more than 800 Central laws, which were not applicable to J&K earlier, have been made applicable after 5th August 2019 for the benefit of people of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, so that they can enjoy the same rights as people in the rest of India.