The local chapter of the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) held a meeting with the bankers in the city on Friday to make bank managers aware of the permanent lok adalat (public utility services), Amritsar.
Arun Kumar Aggarwal, secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Amritsar, said the managers from different banks were made aware of the services which could be availed in the permanent lok adalat.
"The bank managers were explained that in this permanent lok adalat, pre-litigative cases could be filed without engaging any counsel or payment of court fee," he said, adding that the DLSA, Amritsar, provided various services to the needy such as free legal aid and advice.
He said the permanent lok adalat (public utility services), which had already been established at the district level for dealing with pre-litigative cases relating to public utility services, was one such service provided by the DLSA. "The bench of this lok adalat comprises a chairman and two members. Earlier, the lok adalat had two members only. Now, BS Mangat, retired additional district and sessions judge, has joined as chairman, permanent lok adalat (public utility services), Amritsar," he maintained.
He said the lok adalat functioned at Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre, District Court Complex, Amritsar, and was primarily meant for dealing with the cases of public utility services, such as transport services, postal, telegraph or telephonic services, electricity or water services, system of public sanitation, services in hospital or dispensary, insurance services, banking, housing, finance and LPG services.
"The procedure for dealing with the pre-litigative cases in the lok adalat is simple. A person having any grievance regarding the public utility services can put forth his grievance by filing an application on a plain paper before the chairman, permanent lok adalat (public utility services)," Aggarwal said.
He said no court fee was required to be paid on the application to be filed before the lok adalat. "Cases of up to Rs 25 lakh could be filed in the lok adalat," he said.