Two and three and a half years after the division of the state, the PA Administrative Tribunal ceased to have jurisdiction over Telangana.

On the night of September 15, the Union government relegated the Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunal (APAT) to history and declared that the body would no longer have jurisdiction over the new state of Telangana.

The Andhra Pradesh bifurcation, which took place on June 1, 2014, resulted in the division of the then PA state into two separate states, the PA and Telangana. However, the process of separation, which involves the sharing of the assets and liabilities and institutions of the former combined state, among others, is a work in progress and could continue for a few more years.

On Thursday evening, the Ministry of Personnel, by way of notice in the gazette, announced that APTA would have no role in the affairs of the state of Telangana with immediate effect. Very soon, Telangana would have its own Tribunal.

The APTA was established in 1985 under the provisions of the Law on the Central Administrative Court in accordance with amendment 323A of the Constitution.

It has ruled on disputes relating to the recruitment and conditions of employment of persons appointed to public services and posts in connection with the affairs of the State of Andhra Pradesh and / or other local authorities under the control of the government of Andhra Pradesh and for matters related to it or incidentally to it.

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) headed by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has been reluctant on the issue of a separate administrative tribunal for the new state. In April 2015, a division bench of the High Court of Hyderabad (the two states await the creation of separate High Courts) comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Judge PV Sanjay Kumar refused to grant an order establishing of the Telangana Administrative Court on the grounds that until the Center officially denotes the jurisdiction of APAT, the current tribunal will continue to be a joint tribunal responsible for settling service grievances of employees of the two States

The latest central notification stated that Narendra Modi’s government had received representation from the Telangana government for the APTA shutdown and the Center accepted it.

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