Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The revenue adalat that got under way on Tuesday came as a relief to many residents in the city, especially people who do not have an access to those wielding power.

Usha Kumari, a resident of Valiyasala, was one of the beneficiaries of the adalat. Her 11-year-old son was killed in lightning on April 16 last year. The Government turned down her request for compensation since the body of her son was not sent for post-mortem. Usha Kumari gave a complaint at the adalat and Revenue Minister K. M. Mani directed that she be given Rs.10,000 as compensation.

The plight of Rema Devi, a resident of Attukal, was much more pitiable. The Government had granted medical assistance for her husband Rajasekharan, who remains paralysed for the past eight years. The staff at the Manacaud village office, however, insisted that Rajasekharan should personally collect the assistance from the village office. Mr. Mani directed the Manacaud village officer to visit Rema Devi's house and hand over the assistance to Rajasekharan.

The house of K. L. Usha, a native of Venniyoor in Venganoor, was washed away in the floods. Though she suffered a loss of Rs.4,680, the district administration sanctioned only Rs.1,50 as relief. On hearing her complaint, Mr. Mani sanctioned Rs.3,000 as additional relief.

Long-pending requests for title-deeds and complaints against illegal clay mining were settled at the adalat. Mr. Mani, who sat through the adalat from 9.30 a.m. till the end, also evaluated the progress of adalat in other districts over the telephone.