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Odisha lawyers harden stand on abolition of OAT

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 14:

Opposition to the state government’s decision to abolish Odisha Administrative Tribunal (OAT) is gathering momentum.

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Unless the government clears its stand on the issue by Monday, lawyers, office bearers of different associations and Tribunal bar employees will take to agitation, members of different bars of the Tribunal warned at a joint press meet held here on Sunday.

Since December 2014, more than 1, 70,000 cases are pending in the High Court and transfer of cases from the OAT to it will add to the miseries of the common people, warned office bearers of different tribunal bar associations at the press meet.

They threatened to intensify their agitation unless the state government reverses its decision.

OAT was set up in 1986 to provide legal relief to state government employees. Since then, a total 2, 66,911 cases have been filed in the tribunal till date of which 208676 cases have been heard and    58,234 are pending.