With the central government giving its nod to set up the state administrative tribunal, many persons, including former and serving bureaucrats, are said to be lobbying hard for the post of members.
The state administrative tribunal that was scrapped off by the Prem Kumar Dhumal-led Bharatiya Janata Party government in 2008 is expected to come into being by the beginning of next year.
Just a day ago, the central government accorded its approval to set up a tribunal. The state personnel department so far has received about a dozen applications for the post of two administrative and one judicial member. Three retired bureaucrats and one serving bureaucrat have also reportedly applied for the post.
Former chief secretary Harinder Hira, former additional chief secretary SK Dash and former additional chief secretary Prem Kumar have already sent their applications to the home department.
Additional chief secretary PC Kapoor, who would retire next year, and former member of the central administrative tribunal ML Chauhan are also said to be in the race for the post. Chauhan had remained the member of the central administrative tribunal twice.
Besides, many lawyers are also lobbying hard for the administrative tribunal. There will be two members from the administrative side and two from the judicial side, which also includes chairman.
The applicants for the post of members will be shortlisted soon after the government appoints chairman for the administrative tribunal. The screening committee comprising chief justice of the high court, chief secretary, chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission and the chairman of the administrative tribunal will shortlist the candidates, which would be further forwarded to the chief justice of the Supreme Court for his consideration.
Maximum age limit for the members is 65, while for chairman the age criteria is fixed at 67 years. The state government too invited applications to fill the sanctioned post in accordance with Section 6 (2) of the Administrative Tribunal Act, 1985.
According to Section 8 of the Act, the term of the member will be five years, provided no member could hold office as such after attaining the age of 60 years.
Himachal Pradesh was one of the first few states to set up an administrative tribunal in 1986 to settle the grievances related to government employees. The administrative tribunal had pendency of nearly 23,000 cases when got scrapped by the BJP government. Earlier on July 5, the state cabinet reversed the decision of the BJP government and paved way for the revival of the administrative tribunal.
The government also submitted a proposal regarding revival of the tribunal to the union ministry of personnel.