CAT Act comes into effect:Hopes glimmer for early disposal of 50k employees’ cases

Srinagar, Nov 30:Hopes have rekindled for early resolution to service matters as more than 50,000 pending cases of government employees are likely to be transferred to Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) for adjudication. 

Sources said process has been started to shift all these cases to Central Administrative Tribunal.  The cases to be transferred include objections to recruitments, promotions, transfers, pensioners and harassment to employees. There are at present 4.50 lakh government employees and 1.60 lakh pensioners in Jammu and Kashmir.

 “The details of the matters have been made available on the website and if there is any matter left out, the details thereof may also be furnished to the Registry by the concerned advocate, department or litigant,” reads a notification issued by Registrar Judicial.

The 1985 CAT law was implemented across the country except Jammu and Kashmir because of special status.  The successive governments in Jammu and Kashmir did not implement the act despite repeated reminders by Centre.

Before Reorganization Act, 2019, the service matters of employees were being adjudicated in the High Court or other courts of Jammu and Kashmir. 

Sources said CAT would hear the employees’ cases on the fast track basis. “All these cases are expected to be decided in two years. It will lessen the burden on courts since large number of cases is pending for years’ altogether,” they said.

Sources said all proceedings before the Tribunal will be decided under sections 193, 219 and 228 of the Indian Penal Code.

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