The staff members of the Supreme Court have decided to donate their one day’s salary towards Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund for rehabilitation of Kerala flood victims.
In a circular issued on 20 August, Apex Court Registrar RK Goel noted the devastation caused to the State: “Unprecedented floods due to incessant rain have created havoc in the state of Kerala causing immeasurable misery and devastation. Many precious lives have been lost, thousands of people rendered homeless and property worth crores has been destroyed. Never before the State has witnessed a calamity of such a huge magnitude. Besides relief work, there is the daunting challenge of rehabilitation, reconstruction and restoration of infrastructure. In this hour of need, even a small contribution would go long way in quick rehabilitation of those affected.”
The circular then said that several staff members have expressed their desire to contribute a day’s salary to the fund for the welfare and rehabilitation of the affected population.
Taking note of the suggestion, the circular stated that the money would be deducted from their salary and that those who do not wish to contribute may intimate the same to the accounts department. It clarified:
“The contribution will. however, be on voluntary basis and unless instructed otherwise will be deducted from the salary of the staff members for the month of August, 2018. Those who are not willing to donate may intimate in writing to Branch Officer (Cash & Accounts Section) latest by 24th August, 2018.”
The Allahabad High Court has also taken up a similar initiative, with its Chief Justice, judges, judicial officers and staff members deciding to donate their one day’s salary to the flood relief fund. The District Judiciary will also be doing the same.
Additionally, the Rajasthan High Court Bar Association has sent a truck with goods costing roughly around Rs. 8 lakhs to the State. The material laden in the truck includes 100 quintals of rice, 50,000 water bottles, sanitary napkins, and eatables, among other things. The Association is also planning to submit a cheque of Rs. 2.5 lakhs to the relief fund on Monday.
Leading by example, Supreme Court judges had contributed Rs. 25,000 each to the Kerala flood relief fund. Earlier, Supreme Court judges, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice KM Joseph had contributed to the drive organised by Apex Court lawyers to collect relief materials. Materials such as bed sheets, nighties, t-shirts, sanitary napkins, diapers biscuits, rusk, maida, dal, undergarments etc. were collected from 4.30 PM onwards, at the ILI campus opposite the Supreme Court.
Justice Kurian Joseph had in fact chosen to stay at the premises till midnight, and had commended the spirit of lawyers, remarking – “Law has become live now”. His presence charged-up the volunteers, inspiring his personal security staff to make contributions as well.
Read the Circular Here