Confusions prevail over remittance of Rs 10,000 in Lokayukta appeal orders
Kanhangad (Kasaragod): At the 60th State School Youth Festival, the Lokayukta has issued contradictory appeal orders. The appeals were issued by two Upa-Lokayuktas.
According to the order issued by Justice Babu Mathew P. Joseph, Rs 10,000 should be remitted at the DPI office at the festival venue before the candidate participates in the event. The lower appeal committee office will receive the amount.
If the candidate reaches one of the first three positions in the item, the amount will be refunded. More than 200 students have arrived with similar appeal orders. Only one of them received the refund amount till Friday.
As per the order of Justice A. K. Basheer, the candidate can only temporarily participate in the event and there is no mention regarding remittance of the amount. All Lokayukta orders are issued from Thiruvananthapuram.
The appeal is brought to the attention of judges via lawyers. Upto Rs 15,000 is charged as lawyer’s fee for one item. The education department has fixed the fee as Rs 5000 for all kinds of appeal from the districts. As per this condition, a candidate who arrives with the order of Justice Babu Mathew P. Joseph will have to spend at least Rs 30,000 for participating in one item.
The condition to remit Rs 10,000 was implemented in order to reduce the number of appeals. However, the huge amount did not stop parents from filing appeals. Among the 521 appeals submitted till Friday evening, 265 were issued by Lokayukta. Various Munsiff Courts issued 22 appeals and 234 were allowed by Deputy Directors of Education (DDE).
The education department has approached the high court in order to control the flow of appeals from Lokayukta. In 2018, fake appeal orders in the name of Child Rights Commission were seized from Thrissur youth festival. Following this, the Child Rights Commission did not allow appeal orders.
Kozhikode is leading in the competition with 499 points scored so far. Kannur, Thrissur and Palakkad are in the next spots with 493, 491 and 487 points respectively.