About Co-operative Tribunal
The Member, Cooperative Tribunal has been accorded the status of a Head of Department. The Cooperative Tribunal is the Appellate Court for expeditious disposal of Appeal Cases as provided under the Odisha Co-operative Societies Act, 1962.
Cooperative Tribunal is a statutory Organization working under the administrative control of the Cooperation Department, Government of Odisha.
The cooperative Tribunal was created on 01.06.1987 with a view to providing speedy justice to the litigant public in Cooperative Sector with one Member drawn from I.A.S.(super time scale) and accordingly one I.A.S. Officer joined, holding dual charges in the Cooperative Tribunal and Secretary of a Department in the Government on 1.6.87 and continued till 24.12.93. There after Judicial Officers in the rank of O.J.S. (sr.Branch) are being posted from 24.12.93.
This document is an attempt to show case our understanding of the existing process at the Cooperative Tribunal and its related entities and let the reader of this document knows how problematic it is to manually handle the processes and how ICT will bring the desired change to the process.
The Tribunal is vested with appellate original as well as revisional jurisdiction. It hears appeals as provided u/s 109(2) (a) of the O.C.S. Act such as appeals against (i) Award passed in dispute cases arising out of defaulter, non-payment of leans etc. (ii) Execution proceedings in Award cases, (iii) Registration and super section (iv) Disqualification of Members of Cooperative Societies and the like.
- Election :-Of the original jurisdiction, the first and foremost is the Election Disputes. All Disputes arising out of elections to Managing Committees of Cooperative bodies of the state are referred to the Tribunal.
- Services :-Another original jurisdiction of the Tribunal relates to service dispute of employees of Cooperative societies. It has limited jurisdiction only. All service disputes like promotion, appointment, transfer are not included, its jurisdiction is confine only to 'action taken' i.e. punishment imposed in Departmental disciplinary proceedings that too, only those employees who are not 'worker' as per the definition of Industrial Dispute Act.
- Review/Revision :-The Order is revised after appeal to the same authority. Besides this delegated power the Tribunal is also vested with suomotto power u/s,67-N(3) of the Act. Under the direct jurisdiction, Tribunal can also revise orders where appeal lies, but filed.
Next is the review power. Aggrieved party can file Review applications u/s.111 of the Act. Before the Tribunal against any order passed by it.
- MISCELLANEOUS Cases: - All other cases relating to co-operative department except the above 3 types come under miscellaneous cases.
Case Disbursement Process:- The Case Disbursement process consists of the following steps:-
- Filing of the case by the aggrieved party
- An office note is prepared where the case is judged for qualification based on requirements condition as well as limitation condition under the act.
- Once it is qualified then a notice is sent to both the parties with a case informing about the registration of the case.
- A counter File will be done by the other party to the case.
- After this a hearing will be called with regard to the case, wherein witnesses of both the parties will be called on.
- Lastly a final order will be passed by the court.