State HCs extend help to combat COVID-19 crisis

April 1, 2020.

By Sharvari Lohakare.

On Monday, various legal authorities and institutions extended their munificent aid to the PM’s emergency assistance fund to help fight COVID-19 crisis.

Patna High Court Judges to contribute Rs 10,000 each towards PM emergency fund keeping in mind the ledge of the pandemic. The same was intimated by way of notice which states,” Keeping in view the trying times, when the nation is in lockdown, the Hon’ble Judges, in furtherance of the primary objective of the PM CARTES Fund of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation, like the one posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide relief to the affected, have arrived at a consensus to make voluntary donation of sun Rs. 10,000/- each ..”  Therefore the Registrar General of the Patna HC has been directed to take necessary steps to deposit cheques. The notice also clarifies that Judges can voluntarily donate more, may enhance the amount.

Jammu and Kashmir HC Judges pledge to contribute for the betterment of people affected due to pandemic. The Full Court of the HC of J&K has decided that the Chief Justice and all Judged of the HC may donate Rs. 25,000/- each. Similarly, judges in the subordinate judiciary, Gazetted officers and Non Gazetted staff of the HC may as well donate certain amount.

Former Supreme Court Justice Deepak Verma Contributes Rs. 51 Lakh to PM relief Fund. Intimating the same to the Prime Minister, he wrote,” In this hour of need , I have contributed a sum of Rs. 51 Lakh … with the hope and trust that under your over all supervision the amount would be spent on redeeming the cause of such labour and enabling them to fight Corona.” He also expressed concerns over the quandary of migrant workers.

National Law University, Delhi announced that all the employees will donate their one day’s salary to the PM relief Fund. The Registrar issued a release which made it clear that all the teaching and non teaching staff of NLU Delhi will contribute their one day salary for augmenting greater good and extending their help in dealing with this pandemic.

Kerala High Court directed the Kerala Government to submit a report regarding the steps taken to provide food and shelter to migrant workers during tough times of the lockdown throughout the state. A division bench comprising Justice AK Jayasankaran Nambiar and Shaji P Chaly passed the order on an application filed by amicus curiae appointed by the court.

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