HC asks Collectors to constitute grievance cell immediately

It warns of contempt proceedings if they fail to act


After the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday was informed that grievance cell for each revenue district, to hear complaints against Village Administrative Officers, was yet to be constituted in 13 districts, the court warned the Collectors of contempt if the order of the court was not complied with.

The court had said that the cell/committee should comprise an official not below the rank of Revenue Divisional Officer and two Tahsildars.

Justice R. Suresh Kumar, taking cognisance of the earlier submission of the State that the grievance cell had been formed in 13 districts, directed it to complete the process in the remaining districts. However, when additional time was sought to complete the process, the court expressed its dissatisfaction.

“The remaining District Collectors shall constitute the grievance cell/committee immediately and a compliance report to that effect shall be filed before the court during the next hearing, failing which appropriate contempt proceedings would be initiated against the District Collector concerned, by construing the action against them as wilful disobedience of the orders of the court”, the judge said.

The case was posted for reporting compliance to August 29. The HC Bench directed that a copy of its order be issued to the Collectors concerned, Commissioner of Revenue Administration and Revenue Secretary so that suitable instructions were given in this regard.

The court was hearing a petition filed by A. Selvagurunathan of Thiruvidaimaruthur taluk of Thanjavur district, who sought a direction to the Collector to instruct the VAO to stay within the residential jurisdiction of Melaiyur revenue village, so that the grievances of villagers were addressed.

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