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'Set up Lok Adalats for labour disputes'

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, MAY 26. The presiding officers of the Central Government Industrial Tribunals cum Labour Courts have unanimously urged the Government to constitute Lok Adalats (reconciliation boards) to reduce pendency of disputes.

At the end of a two-day meeting, the officers felt that this should be expedited. The Government was competent to create the boards under administrative orders. Though the boards would not have statutory force, they would provide a forum to the litigants to reconcile their differences and arrive at a settlement. Such settlements could form the basis for awards/orders by the tribunals and labour courts.

About 6,600 cases were settled by the Lok Adalats held twice in Punjab. The State, with six labour courts and one tribunal, has a pendency of over 1,700 cases. Over 10,000 cases are pending in the Central Government Industrial Tribunals and Labour Courts. The Union Labour Minister, Dr. Satyanarayan Jatiya, who inaugurated the session, expressed concern over the mounting arrears of cases.

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