Taking up a public interest litigation seeking an improvement in the service conditions of members of permanent lok adalats (utility services) in Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the union ministry of law and justice to take a decision on the issue within a month.
The directions came from the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli on Wednesday.
There are around 28 such members of permanent lok adalats in Punjab. They are appointed on the basis of their past experience in public utility services and administration, such as banks and government jobs. The petitioner had submitted that members of permanent lok adalats were being paid Rs 500 per day and the conveyance allowance also on per-sitting basis. But at the same time, chairpersons of such adalats were getting salary last drawn in judicial service minus their pension and the conveyance allowance of Rs 3,000 per month.
The court was also informed that members of the Chandigarh Police Complaints Authority were paid sitting fee of Rs 3,000 per day, but the members of permanent lok adalats were being treated poorly.