The government’s move to withdraw its decision not to assign staff of various courts on deputation to other organisations has come as a relief for the Kerala State Legal Services Authority (KELSA), which is facing shutdown.
‘Express’ had earlier reported the plight of KELSA after the government decided not to send any court staff to other organisations on deputation.
According to KELSA officials, the government withdrew the decision following frequent requests by members of KELSA.
“KELSA is functioning with help of officials of various courts in the state taken on deputation,” he said.
Over 200 officials in KELSA had been working on deputation. Some of the officials in KELSA went back to the courts concerned following the government order. Even the Lok Adalat operates with the staff on deputation. Besides, the district and taluk-level legal service authorities are operating with the officials on deputation. The government has also decided to withdraw its decision regarding the officials working in various tribunals,” an official said.
P Mohandas, member secretary of KELSA, said the government’s move to withdraw its decision has come as a huge relief.
“We don’t know about the people working in tribunals. But, the government has come with an order allowing the court staff in KELSA to continue here. Some of the officials who had left KELSA would be called back,” he said. KELSA has its High Court Legal Services Committee, 14 district authorities and 63 taluk legal service committees. It also conducts legal literacy classes and training programmes in various organisations, colleges and schools across the state. Besides, it also provides legal aid for prisoners. The Lok Adalat is also operated by Kelsa, which settles disputes through mediation.
Earlier, the government and the Law Department, in a Cabinet meeting, had decided to stop sending court staff on deputation to other organisations citing staff shortage and financial crunch.