In a surprising move, the Government of Maharashtra has approved and sanctioned an allowance of Rs.50,000 per annum for judges of the Bombay High Court and their families to buy spectacles.
A government resolution dated July 10 was issued by the Law and Judiciary Department, signed by Legal Advisor and Joint Secretary Yogesh Ameta stating that the amount was determined for covering cost of purchase of glasses/eyewear for judges, their spouses and other family members dependent on them.
The said GR states-
"Now, under this Government Resolution, approval is being hereby granted to purchase spectacles/spectacle for the Hon'ble Judges of the Bombay High Court and their spouses and their family members dependent on the Hon'ble Judges, in the maximum limit of an amount of Rs.50,000/- every year jointly or severally and for the recurring expenditure to be incurred therefore.
The expenditure to be incurred therefore shall be debited under the Account Head "Demand No. J-1, 2014 Administration of Justice (00), 102 High Courts(01)(01) Judges(Mandatory)(2014 0065) 13 office expenditure" and shall be defrayed from the grant sanctioned for the concerned financial year."
Moreover it is clarified that the said GR has been issued with the concurrence of the Finance Department dated June 24, 2020 and under the approval dated July 10, 2020 of the Competent Authority. While making the said purchases, the purchase policy being prescribed by the Government from time to time shall be complied with, the GR states.