The cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of chief minister Virbhadra Singh here on Friday, gave its nod to reconstitute the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT), following the Centre's green light in January.
Formed in 1986, the tribunal was scrapped in July 2008 by the then BJP government, headed by Prem Kumar Dhumal, on the plea that it had failed to serve its purpose. Around 23000 cases were pending before the tribunal when it was abolished, and all of those were transferred to the court.
However, the Congress in its election manifesto for the assembly polls in December 2012 had promised to reconstitute the SAT saying it would be easier for government employees to seek justice from SAT than the high court in service-related issues.
The tribunal will have its main bench at Shimla while a division bench will hold its sitting in Mandi and Dharamsala alternatively.
Each bench, having one judicial and one administrative member, will have the entire state under its jurisdiction. Retired high court judge, Justice VK Sharma, will be the chairman of the SAT.
Tibetan rehabilitation policy
In another major decision the cabinet approved the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy (TRP) with certain guidelines formalised in accordance with the TRP, 2014. The new policy brings the exiled Tibetans under various welfare schemes being run by the Union government and the state.
The policy will also provide relaxation to 210 families who have cases of encroachment on forest land pending against them.
The cabinet also approved three ropeway projects including Dharamsala to Mcleodganj, tourist information centre to the Mall Shimla, and Chamunda to Adi Himani Chamunda, under public- private- partnership (PPP) mode.
It was also decided that the annual fee concession with respect to the Dharmshala-Mcleodganj ropeway will be re-negotiated, while efforts will also made to improve annual concession fee of the Palchan-Ropan ropeway in Kullu district.
The cabinet has also decided not to create new Gram Sabhas before elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) but to re-organise the existing ones.
The cabinet cancelled seven small hydro power projects sanctioned in private sector for non- fulfillment of prior formalities. Approval was given to JP Associates Cement plant in Baga, Solan.
Relief for Bhakra Dam oustees
Providing a big relief to the Bhakra Dam oustees, the cabinet decided to convert the plots allotted to them on freehold basis. The plots allotted to the oustees in New Bilaspur town-ship were on lease hold basis for 999 years, at token consideration of `1 per square metre.
The cabinet also took a decision to fill up 433 posts of forest guards on contract basis in the ongoing recruitment process, besides filling up 88 posts in the revenue department and creating 45 posts of various categories for Tehsil Nagrota Bagwan, Baldwara as well as Daralaghat and Bhadrota sub- tehsils.
The cabinet also decided to create and fill 43 posts of junior office assistants (IT), 24 in juvenile justice boards and 19 in food and civil supply department, besides filling up 50 similar posts in women and child development and industries department against existing vacancies of clerks.
The Cabinet accorded ex-post facto approval to continue the services of already engaged teachers under school management committees for the academic session 2014-15 and 2015-16.
o Nod to constitute administrative tribunal
o Tibetan Rehabilitation policy approved
o Cleared setting up three ropeways
o Plot allotted to Bhakhra oustees converted to freehold from leasehold
o Cancelled 7 small hydropower projects
o No to creation of New Gram Sabhas
o Approves filling up 433 posts of forest guards
o Ex-pot facto arrival to continue the services of SMC teachers for next two academic sessions.