RTI reveals shortage of manpower at Madurai bench of Madras HC
An application was filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking details of particulars about all the 545 staff members of the Madras High Court bench at Madurai with their names, designations and educational qualifications.
The reply to the application provided by the Deputy Registrar (Administration)-cum- Assistant Public Information Officer (APIO) of the Bench has revealed that the Madurai bench of Madras High Court is grappling with the problem of staff shortage. The data provided in the reply shows that six out of eleven posts of Assistant Registrar are lying vacant for long. The reply also stated that 3 out of 8 Sub-Assistant Registrars had been posted on ‘Other Duty’ at the High Court Principal Seat in Chennai affecting their full time duties in their Bench.
The information furnished in the reply also shows that only 13 of the 62 individuals working as Court Officers, Section Officers and Appeal Examiners possessed a degree in law. The APIO also stated that persons who had passed Plus Two and Standard X examinations were working as Senior Typist and Typist and individuals with postgraduate and graduate degrees were working as Office Assistants and Ward staff along with those who were completely uneducated.