With the Assembly Elections around the corner, the Government of Kerala is gearing up to start its campaign by addressing the grievances of the public through its special Grievance Adalat. Every grievance that reaches the government will be looked into by the Ministers and the aim will be to address them quickly as possible. PARVATHI SAJIV reports from Kochi.
The Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan recently said that special adalats would be set up as part of the Santhwana Sparsham, to address the people’s grievances. Headed by ministers in his cabinet, they will tour the different districts to address the public through this system. The adalats are being organised as part of the campaign by the ruling government for the upcoming assembly elections.
The complaints can be submitted online or via the Akshaya Centres with no application fee. The government will also take up the service fee to pay these Akshaya Centres.
Kannur, Thrissur, Alappuzha, Kollam and Kozhikode will have their grievances addressed on February 1, 2, and 4.
In Kozhikode, District Collector S Sambasiva Rao chaired a meeting to review the Adalat preparations and said that a team consisting of members from the Revenue, Civil Supplies, Local Self-Administration, Social Justice and Agriculture departments would be set up to examine the complaints. The Hindu reported that the coordination team had received nearly 3000 complaints.
The first meeting was held at Koyilandy Town Hall on February 1, and the second round will commence on February 2 at the Vadakara Town Hall in Kozhikode district. COVID-19 protocol will be strictly ensured in all these venues.
The Adalat will be held at Kasargod, Malappuram, Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram on February 8, 9, and 11.
In Thiruvananthapuram, District Collector Navjot Khosa is heading a team to classify complaints depending on the department concerned.
He said that serious consideration would be given to the complainants, and addressing them quickly is their goal.
Based on the District Collectors’ report of the complaints, the government will consider legislation or policymaking issues.
Special arrangements have been made to accept complaints from the Adivasi areas. The government will hold the last leg of the adalats in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, and Wayanad districts on February 15, 16 and 18. Complaints will be accepted for these districts till 3 PM on February 9.
The complaints can be submitted through cmo.kerala.gov.in.
(Parvathi Sajiv is a student of the Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication, Pune, and is an intern with The Leaflet.)