GUWAHATI, April 22 - The Guwahati bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has maintained one of the best disposal rates of cases (disputes) in the last 10 years in the entire country.
Of the 3,653 cases filed between 2007 and 2016, the Guwahati bench of the CAT has managed to dispose of 3,643 of them, which is one of the highest rates of disposal in the country, meaning that the burden of pendency too is very less.
As on December 31, 2016, only 323 cases were shown as pending. The nature of cases that the CAT is mandated to deal includes disputes concerning Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.
Records made available to this reporter suggest that the rate of disposal of cases/disputes in the Guwahati bench has been almost cent per cent if the record in the last one decade is taken into account.
The CAT which came into being in 1985 is meant for adjudication of disputes with respect to recruitment and conditions of service of persons appointed to public services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or other local authorities in India or under the control of the Government of India.
Sources stated that despite shortage of staff, the Guwahati bench has been doing a commendable job unlike many other courts where the pendency rate is too high.
In the Guwahati bench, the actual strength is 45 against the sanctioned strength of 54 which means the bench is short of 10 staff members including that of a member.
Sources also stressed that there was also a need to develop the infrastructure of the tribunal.