The Bombay High Court on Friday expressed displeasure on the meagre remuneration being paid to members of the consumer courts across Maharashtra and directed the state to increase the amount at the earliest.
A division bench of Justices SJ Vazifdar and BP Colabawala said: “It is too less; it has to be increased to ensure quality of justice and the government should, as an interim relief, do it at the earliest.”
The observation was made after advocate Uday Warunjikar, appearing for NGO Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, informed the court that a part-time member of the forum gets a remuneration of Rs400 for a day while the full-time amount is Rs800.
The statement was made during the hearing of a public interest litigation. It stated that out of the 40 consumer district forums, 19 are non-functional due to the vacant posts of presidents and members. As per records, posts of 9 presidents and 34 members are vacant across consumer forums in the state.