Visakhapatnam: YSRCP leader and Rajya Sabha MP V. Vijayasai Reddy, on 22 September, requested the Union law minister to take steps towards setting up a new CAT Bench in Visakhapatnam.

The Central Administrative Tribunals (CAT) are established under Article 323 (A) of the Constitution for adjudication of disputes and complaints with respect to service matters of public servants and post-holders under the Union government. Unfortunately, Andhra Pradesh is the largest and the most populous state without a CAT Bench.

Andhra Pradesh currently has over 50,000 Central government employees with over 60 per cent of them residing in the state executive capital Visakhapatnam. Due to the absence of a CAT Bench in Andhra the petitioners, many of whom are retired, have to travel to Hyderabad in Telangana for resolution of their disputes. This inter-state travel cause great inconvenience to many of the petitioners, the MP said.

Visakhapatnam is ideal for a new CAT Bench as it has many Central government offices like shipping and port trusts, HSL, DCIL, Railways, Customs, Excise, HPCL, LIC, and a few other establishments where thousands of employees work, Mr. Vijayasai Reddy added.

He also requested the Union government to set up IIIT in Vizag city and a forensic university in Andhra Pradesh.

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