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Good response to new mode of justice: Lok Ayukta

CAMP COURT: Lok Ayukta, Justice Ramanujam, conducting a camp court at State Guest House in Vijayawada on Saturday Photo: Ch Vijaya Bhaskar

CAMP COURT: Lok Ayukta, Justice Ramanujam, conducting a camp court at State Guest House in Vijayawada on Saturday Photo: Ch Vijaya Bhaskar  

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: The Lok Ayukta, K. Ramanujam, on Saturday, claimed good response to the "new mode of justice." Addressing a gathering at a camp court conducted at the State Guest House here, Justice Ramanujam said unlike in normal courts, the Lok Ayukta summoned the officials concerned based on petitions filed by the complainants.

He appealed to the media to make people aware of the constructive role played by the Lok Ayukta.

Justice Ramanujam examined three cases pertaining to delay in release of pension to Government employees. The Commissioner of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, V. Usha Rani, explained the case of M. Venkat Rao, an employee of the VMC, who earlier worked in the Machilipatnam, Eluru and Jaggayyapet municipalities and had been waiting for settlement of his accounts and other benefits.

She said the VMC was to receive a sum of nearly Rs. 50 lakhs from various municipalities. When in-charge Commissioner for Machilipatnam municipality cited fund crunch, Justice Ramanujam directed him to release at least immediate benefits.

Not satisfied with the explanation given by the chief executive officer of the Zilla Parishad, Krishna district, Bharat Reddy, on the financial constraints of the ZP, the Lok Ayukta said lower rung employees could not be subjected to financial problems.

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