Congress demands restoration of State Administrative Tribunal

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Shimla, July 16 (UNI) The Himachal Pradesh congress today demanded restoration of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and said it would resort to protest rallies if the government choose to ignore the demand.

Addressing his maiden press conference, newly appointed state congress president Kaul Singh Thakur said the Congress would re-establish the SAT when the party was returned to power.

He said that SAT had been set by a congress government in 1986 so that employees could get quick justice.

The government was quiet about what would happen to the 24,000 cases pending with SAT and transferring them to the already overburdened High Court would mean delaying of justice, he added.

Mr Kaul Singh alleged that because of the vindictive transfer of thousands of government employees and relatives of Congress workers against the transfer policy and norms, who had been taking refuge and getting stays from the administrative tribunal because their rights were being infringed, the chief minister decided to do away with the tribunal.

He accused chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal of misleading the government employees about setting up of a bench of the Himachal Pradesh High Court at Dharamshala.

There is no obvious reason for setting up of a High Court bench at Dharamshal even when Haryana has not been able to get its own separate High Court and has to do with the Punjab and Haryana High Court, he said.

Admitting that factionalism, regionalism and casteism to some extent were the bane of the party in the state, he said that he would try to remove them and strengthen the party in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

"My main aim will be to gear the rank and file of the party, specially the youth who have been at a low key so that they are geared up for the Lok Sabha elections to take upon the BJP", he added.

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