KERALA

`DLSA staff posting being delayed'

KOZHIKODE, FEB. 26. The Kozhikode Committee Kerala Civil Judicial Staff Organisation has through a resolution requested the High Court and the Kerala Legal Services Authority (KELSA) to implement the Government directive sanctioning posts for the authority's district and taluk committees.

A meeting of the committee held here recently pointed out that despite repeated appeals, no steps had been taken to fill the posts. The president K. K. Kannan presided. The offices under the Kozhikode District Legal Service Authority (DLSA), include the taluk committees at Kozhikode, Vadakara and Koilandi. The activities of the Authority since it was set up in 1998, was being carried out with special assistance of the court employees. A wide range of activities such as neethi melas and mega neethi melas, besides special adalats for criminal court cases, motor accident claims, etc., were being organised.

In addition, adalats were held in rural centres, free legal aid provided and legal awareness programmes at high school and college levels conducted. The work relating to organising these programmes were now being carried out by the court employees. Though special posts have been sanctioned to the legal service authority committees since the last two years, reportedly the appointments were not made as no allocation had been made in the budget.