Dr Jitendra hails high disposal rate of Jammu, Srinagar CAT Benches

File Photo of union minister Jitendra Singh
File Photo of union minister Jitendra Singh

New Delhi: Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr Jitendra Singh on Monday 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, he exuded happiness 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 November 23 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, who is also the Union Minister of State (independent charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (independent charge) Earth Sciences besides MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, said, “Jammu & Kashmir is the only Union Territory in the country to have two CAT benches.”

“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,” he said. He said that two Benches for J&K would 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.

Both the buildings of CAT at Jammu and Srinagar respectively have been allotted by the UT government.

Dr Jitendra informed, “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.”

He remarked that the Modi government was committed to transparency and “justice for all.” “The people-friendly reforms undertaken in the last seven years 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, were made applicable after August 5, 2019 for the benefit of people of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, so that they could enjoy the same rights as people in the rest of India.

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