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[COVID 19] Madras HC Issues Notice On Plea Seeking Distribution of Direct Cash benefits To Senior Citizens, Women And Farmers At Their Door Steps [Read Order]

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9 April 2020 4:21 AM GMT
[COVID 19] Madras HC Issues Notice On Plea Seeking Distribution of Direct Cash benefits To Senior Citizens, Women And Farmers At Their Door Steps [Read Order]
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The Madras High Court on Wednesday issued notices on a PIL seeking distribution of all cash benefits under various Schemes of the State and Union Government to women account holders, farmers, old age and widow pensioners through the Business Correspondents of the Bank at the door steps of the beneficiaries, without breaking the lockdown.

The petition was filed by the General Secretary of the Bank Employees Federation of India- Tamil Nadu, N. Rajagopal.

After an urgent listing of the matter, a division bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice R. Hemalatha issued notices to the Central Government through the Union Ministry of Finance, the Government of Tamil Nadu, Reserve Bank of India, the Indian Banks' Association and the State Level Bankers Committee.

Through the petition, Rajagopal has also sought the following relief measures for the welfare of Bank employees, who are required to go to the bank amid the lockdown, to render essential services:

  • Ensure social distance in the Banks premises among the staff and customers visiting the bank;
  • Ensure work from home for those staff with medical ailments, cancer survivors, pregnant women, lactating mothers, women with infants, disabled and those at the verge of their retirement;
  • Provide transport arrangements ensuring Physical distancing and providing sufficient safeguards between the residence and the office and vice-versa for staff attending Banks, during the period of lockdown.

The Petition also seek a direction to accommodate Bank employees, who have been stranded at various parts of the State, by allowing them to join duty at the branches nearby to their place of their living, during the lockdown period.

The matter will be heard after two weeks

Case Details:

Case Title: N. Rajagopal v. Union of India & Ors.

Case No.: WP No. 7449/2020

Quorum: Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice R. Hemalatha

Appearance: M/s D. Geetha (for Petitioner); Special Government Pleader AN Thambidurai (for Union & State); Advocate C. Mohan (for RBI); Advocate NGR Prasad (for State Level Bankers Committee)

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