Union Minister of State and MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh, today inaugurated a separate bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) at Srinagar to deal exclusively with service matters of Government employees.
While the CAT Bench at Jammu started functioning last year and now Srinagar Bench has been made functional. With today’s historic decision, the Minister said that all three essential agencies of DoPT- CAT, CIC and CVC are fully available in J&K and Ladakh.
Dr Jitendra said Jammu and Kashmir are the only UT in the country to have two CAT benches, and this is because Prime Minister Narendra Modi accords special priority to J&K, and he takes a keen interest in the matters and issues related to the new Union Territory.
He said two benches for J&K will go a long way in reducing the burden of various courts and providing to the persons covered by the Administrative Tribunals speedy relief in respect of their grievances and service matters.
Dr Jitendra 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. In comparison, the jurisdiction of Srinagar Bench extends up to 10 sections of UT of J&K and one community (Kargil) from UT of Ladakh.
A Judicial Member, DS Mahra, also has the support of officers and staff who have been deputed at Srinagar Bench to manage its functioning.
The Minister said that Modi Government is committed to transparency and “Justice for All”, and the people friendly reforms taken in the last seven years have benefitted the entire country, including Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
He said that more than 800 Central laws, which did not apply to J&K, have been made applicable since the abolition of Articles 370 and 35-A on August 5th 2019, for the benefit of the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, and now they enjoy same rights as people from the rest of India.
Dr Jitendra said, with the notification of the Tribunals Reforms Act, 2021, on August 13th, 2021, the filling of vacancies of Members in CAT has been started. Presently, the post of Chairman, CAT, is occupied by Manjula Das, and it has been the constant endeavour of the Government to strengthen the infrastructure in all the Benches of CAT for their smooth functioning.
Referring to the high disposal rate of cases, the Minister informed that since its inception in 1985 and up to June this year, the Central Administrative Tribunal received 8,56,069 cases for adjudication (including those transferred from High Courts), out of which 7,86,647cases have been disposed of, leaving a pendency of 69,422 cases. Thus, on average, he added that more than 91.89% of the cases instituted are disposed of.
It may be recalled that after the abrogation of Article 370, the Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh became two separate Union Territories and, accordingly, employees of erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir became the employees of the Union Territories. As such, the disputes about their service matters are now being adjudicated by CAT. At the time of the inauguration of CAT Jammu Bench, 30,000 service matters were pending, including 17363 received from the High court. Out of the acquired 17363 cases, CAT Jammu has disposed of 4371 cases (2452 of Srinagar Wing and 1919 of Jammu Wing).
Twelve thousand nine hundred ninety-two cases are pending (7610 of Srinagar Wing and 5382 of Jammu Wing), and 7610 cases are being sent to CAT Srinagar from CAT Jammu. So almost 13000 cases are still in the High court, which will come to CAT.
Govt to make Online Grievance Redressal accessible to all: Dr Jitendra
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 informed the Lok Sabha today that the government has initiated the process to make Online Grievance Redressal accessible to all and for this purpose, Common Service Center (CSC) has been engaged to make CPGRAMS more inclusive and accessible to all including the differently-abled citizens.
Pertinent to mention that CPGRAMS (Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System) is an online platform available to the citizens 24×7 to lodge their grievances to the public authorities on any subject related to service delivery.
In reply to a question, the Minister stated that the Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) is a continuously evolving platform which strives to add new features as per latest available technology to make it more efficient and user-friendly for all.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed that a total of 1, 28, 74,337 grievances have been filed under CPGRAMS platforms in last 10 years of which 1, 19, 90,434 have been disposed of. Similarly, a total of 67677 appeals were filed in CPGRAMS since the introduction of the appeal facility in CPGRAMS in January 2021.
The Minister informed that CPGRAMS has been integrated with several other Grievance portals. PMO PG portal, President Secretariat PG portal, Cabinet Secretariat PG portal and Grievance portals of Department of Pension and pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises and Securities and Exchange Board of India are integrated with CPGRAMS at the backend.
CPGRAMS has also linked through the web API with Grievance Portals of the UT of Jammu & Kashmir and the States of Assam, Bihar, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
In reply to another question, Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also Incharge India Meteorological Department (IMD), stated that India Meteorological Department (IMD) is continuously working on improving operational forecasting models for various weather and climate extreme events to help farmers and others.
The Minister informed the House that the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) had launched an ambitious and well-resourced research programme on mission mode, called the Monsoon Mission. The first phase of the mission was implemented during 2012-2017 and the second phase (2017-22) is underway.
Dr Jitendra Singh further stated that India has augmented its capability of High-Performance Computing (HPC) system, which is close to 10 petaflops capacity now and it is the backbone of the monsoon research and operational services in the country. He said, India has the fourth best computing facilities in the world for weather and climate services and the Monsoon Mission has helped in the significant improvement of monsoon forecasts in all time scales, right from short-range to seasonal.
The Minister informed that India is now proud of having one of the best prediction system for generating real time forecasts and warnings in all spatial scales from a location to Block, district, meteorological subdivisions and homogeneous regions and temporal scales of a few hours (nowcast), 3 days (short range forecast), 4-7 days ((short range forecast), 4-7 days (medium range forecast) 1-4 weeks (extended range forecast) and one month to a season (long range forecast).
The reply by Dr Jitendra Singh also gave detail that IMD is issuing Impact Based Forecast (IBF) which gives details of what the weather will do rather than what the weather will be. It contains the details of impacts expected from the severe weather elements and guidelines to the general public about do’s and don’ts while getting exposed to severe weather conditions like cyclone, heat wave, thunderstorm and heavy rainfall. IMD also runs an operational Agrometeorological Advisory Services (AAS) viz Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) scheme for the benefit of farming communities in the country.
366 terrorists eliminated in Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370: MoS Home Nityanand Rai
Union Minister for State for Home affairs Nityanand Rai on Wednesday informed Rajya Sabha that 366 terrorists were eliminated in Kashmir after the abrogation of article 370.
Rai in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on the question of Congress MP Digvijay Singh said, “366 terrorists killed, 96 Civilians also lost their life while 81 Security Forces (SFs) martyred in Kashmir after the repeal of Article 370 on 5th August 2019 till 30th November 2021.”
Rai further informed the Upper House that after the repeal of Article 370, no Kashmiri Pandit/Hindu has been displaced from the valley.
“However, recently some Kashmiri Pandit families, mostly women, and children, living in Kashmir have moved to the Jammu region. These families are of Govt. employees, many of whom, move to Jammu in winter as part of the movement of officials and the winter vacation in educational institutions,” he further added.
JMC Mayor appeals General public to come forward and take benefits of Medical camps
The Mayor of Jammu Chander Mohan Gupta has appeal to the general public, especially the women folk, to come forward and take full benefits of medical camps being organized by Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).
Interacting with the locals after inaugurated ICDS medical camp at Anaganwadi centre in Shiv Nagar area Jammu, the Mayor said that all the councillors of Jammu Municipal Corporation in collaboration with other allied department are committed to provide best possible amenities to the inhabitants irrespective of any caste, creed or religion. He said that the municipal Councillor have been carrying this campaign for the last over three years since the establishment of JMC.
Mr. Gupta said that he had talked to Commissioner JMC, who is also CEO of Jammu Smarty City Ltd., to take necessary measures under Jammu Smart City Project so that Anaganwadi centers functioning within the limits of the JMC be upgraded and modernized.
Today, especial medical checkup camp was organized at Shiv Nagar Jammu with an object to provide best possible medical facilities to the needy & downtrodden families. The Mayor was accompanied by Mr. Surinder Chowdhary Councillor of ward no. 29 and Mr. Devinder Katoch, Joint Director, ICDS, Madam Akansha Kalsotra Child Development Project Officer Jammu alongwith other field staff of the department.
Doctors and Para Medical staff from Health Department thoroughly conducted medical checkup and provided free medicines to the persons. Madam Kamla Gupta, Mr. Ved Sharma, Mr. Naseev Raj, Mr. Balvinder Kumar, Mr. Kushan Verma, Mr. Shamsher Singh & other prominent inhabitants of Shiv Nagar, Rajpura & its adjoining localities were also present on the occasion.
Officers of department apprised the Mayor that under “Poshan Abhiyan”, the ICDS has continuously been organizing medical camps especially for the ladies from 15 to 49 age group & their thorough medical checkup is being conducted by the team of Doctors for their Anemia deduction & free medical treatment. Necessary medicines & other allied amenities are being provided free of cost to them, they added.
In today camp, children from age group 0-6 years have also been thoroughly checked up for their height & weight deduction & free medical treatment, necessary medicines were also provided to them. Besides, on the request of the general public a special camp for preparation of Aadhar Cards of persons belonging to any age group has also been started at this site.
The Mayor also supervised a plantation drive conducted within the premises of Anaganwadi centre at Shiv Nagar where a large numbers of ornamental & seasonal saplings were planted at the vacant area in order to maintain eco friendly atmosphere in and around the locality.
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