Although being out of operation for almost two decades, the Public Service Appellate Tribunal (PSAT) has already begun disposing of cases filed, and is even preparing to have the legislation changed so that its decisions can be enforced.The tribunal is the body designated to hear the concerns of public servants seeking redress against decisions made by the Public Service Commission (PSC).According to PSAT Chairman, retired Justice Nandram Kissoon, the decisions of the tribunal are final, and must be carried out by the relevant authorities. “If we find that the PSC erred, then they have to rectify it. We may make recommendations, but they must rectify it,” he stated.The Chairman explained that if the decisions of the tribunal are not carried out, there is nothing the institution can do, since it has no legislative enforcement powers.“The only thing we can do, if we learn it is not complied with, is to write the minister. But no one controls the Public Service Commission, they are independent,” he posited.Nevertheless, the tribunal chairman outlined that this is something the institution is looking to have reserved. “Our annual report will recommend (sanctions if decisions of the tribunal are not carried out),” Justice Kissoon noted.The chairman disclosed that since being constituted back in May, the tribunal has received five cases – two of which were immediately disposed of, since they were appeals against decisions made by the Police Service Commission, over which the tribunal has no jurisdiction.He said there were two additional cases which were filed within 90 days of the establishment of the tribunal, as required, but had stemmed from before the institution was re-constituted. As such, the tribunal granted an extension of time to those persons to file their appeals.Meanwhile, the fifth case was filed only on Thursday last, the Chairman added.On Friday, the three-member body, which also includes Attorney Abiola Wong-Inniss and Winston Browne, encouraged aggrieved public servants to seek redress at the tribunal and fear no discrimination.“Public servants are afraid of everything… but there should be no fear whatsoever. What we have to do is to ensure that the Public Service Ministry and the Public Service Union sensitise and (educate), and make the public servants aware that they have nothing to be afraid of,” the Chairman stated.In attendance at the official dedication ceremony was State Minister Joseph Harmon, who reminded the PSAT that its duties include providing a mechanism for redress against any perceived wrongful action, to enable public servants to discharge their duties fearlessly, confident that they are protected against any form of victimisation or illegal sanction for so doing.First Vice President of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), Dawn Gardner, and Ombudsman of Guyana, retired Justice Winston Patterson, also attended the ceremony.
Fans attending the second edition of the Indian Grand Prix from October 26-28 will see a handful of track changes at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) including at the ‘famous’ turn 8, which caused Felipe Massa’s accident during the inaugural edition last year.The length of the kerbs on turns 6, 7, 8 and 9 have been increased from 5 to 15 metres, leaving little room for the drivers to take short cuts to get back on the racing line. The tweaking has given a “sausage” look to the kerbs, all of which stand at 25mm.”We made changes to the kerbs after the recommendations of the FIA. The track is completely ready for the racing weekend. It should be a more exciting race than last year with the championship wide open,” said Farhan Vora, in charge of the race operations.The run-off area at turns 10 and 11 of the 5.12km long track has been extended by a metre with the gravel replacing the astro-turf.Efforts have also been made to ensure greener surroundings at BIC, where dust was a major concern last time. An estimated one lakh saplings have been planted around the facility, which looks a lot prettier now.For ensuring a dust-free track, Vohra said: “We have hired special mechanised dusters from Bahrain and these will start working after Oct 15 to clean up the dust particles from all over the track.”The needs of the spectators has also been kept in mind by Jaypee Group, the promoters of the race. The main hassle for the fans last year was reaching BIC, but the organisers promise a smooth ride for the commuters this time around. Things have also become much smoother with the opening of the Yamuna Expressway to general public.advertisementThe car parking facility at BIC has been increased from 15,000 to 21,000 besides space for 1,000 two-wheelers. More than 200 chartered buses from Noida City Centre Metro station will be also available as a Park and Ride facility.Access will be provided to Delhi-NCR Radio cabs to enter the circuit with a dedicated parking area and the shuttles, like last year, will be in service to drop spectators at entry gates.