Parliamentary Committee favours regional SC benches

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Hyderabad, Jan 7 (UNI) The Parliamentary Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice today felt that the Constitution should be amended to facilitate setting up of Supreme Court benches in different parts of the country for 'public convenience'.

Talking to reporters here, Committee Chairman E M Sudarsana Nachiappan opined that with the apex court turning down the Committee's earlier recommendations for constituting its benches in the four regions of the country, there was an urgent need to take to legal recourse to ensure speedy disposal of cases.

Now, no bench could be set up without the consent of the apex court, he said, adding that over 30 lakh cases relating to grievances of Government employees, were pending before the Supreme Court and High Courts.

Mr Nachiappan wanted the Chairmen and Managing Directors of various Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to go for out-of-court settlements through arbitration and conciliation, and concentrate on competing with the private sector.

Concerned over non-filling up of a large number of vacancies in the posts reserved for Scheduled Tribes and physically-challenged persons, the Committee Chairman referred to reports that many of them were falling in the trap of insurgents and directed the PSU heads to fill up vacancies soon.

''Ninty per cent of the posts reserved for STs and the physically challenged, particularly the blind, remained unfilled,'' he lamented.

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