Gauhati High Court orders Autonomous council to provide accommodation to Judicial officers

The Gauhati High Court (GHC) ordered the Deputy Commissioners of all the Districts and the Chief Executive Members of all the Autonomous District Councils of Assam to explore possibilities for providing accommodation to the Judicial Officers. The Court ordered while taking cognizance of the acute shortfall in Official Quarters for the Judicial Officers serving in Assam, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, and Mizoram.

However, this direction will not apply to the Districts of Lakhimpur, North Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Morigaon, Goalpara, Kokrajhar, and Baksa as there is no shortage of official accommodation there, the Court added. A Bench comprising Chief Justice (acting) N Kotiswar Singh, Justice Manash Ranjan Pathank and Justice Suman Shyam observed that the situation in Assam is quite alarming to say as more than 72% of the Judicial Officers have not been provided official Residential accommodation. The Court also directed the DCs of all the Districts and Chief Executive Members of all the District Councils to submit reports Individually of the steps taken and proposals, if any, to deal with the issue.

The Bench passed the order while dealing with certain important infrastructural issues which related to the awfully inadequate official Residential accommodation for the Judicial Officers in the aforesaid States. The court order further reads, “It also directed the Chief Secretary, Assam will himself monitor the actions taken by the Deputy Commissioners in the Districts and the Chief Executive Members in the District Councils and submit an Affidavit in this regard by the Next date.”

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