Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala State Administrative
Tribunal, on line with the CAT, to deal with service matters
of state government employees, will come into existence with
its Chairman Justice K Balakrishnan assuming charge here on
All the cases related to service matters in high court
would be handed over to the tribunal, State Minister for Law
and PWD M Vijayakumar told reporter here today.
Setting up of SAT was one of the promises made by LDF in its
election manifesto to ensure speedy disposal of service cases
pending in high court, Vijayakumar said.
As per the available figure, presently more than One lakh
service related cases were pending in high court. More than
10,000 new petitions were filed every year, he said.
SAT to start function with a Single and Double bengh, would
be expanded in due course. The SAT would function in the old
collectorate building in the city, he added.
It was for the Centre to take a decision on setting up a
Bench of high court in Thiruvananthapuram, a long standing
demand of state government, Vijaykumar said to a question.
Even after repeated request by all parties in the state,
centre was not conceding the demand, he said. The state
government had taken all necessary steps for setting up the
high court bench in State capital, he pointed out.
To a question on the deplorable condition of roads in the
state, Vijayakumar said an amount of Rs.79 crores has been
sanctioned for carrying out permanent patch works and
resurfacing of damaged roads, he said. Out of amount allotted,
Rs.63 crore would be spend for repairing state roads and Rs.13
crore for National highways, he said.