The Supreme Court today said that representatives of the apex court, lawyers’ body and the petitioner, who has sought better creche facilities in the court complex, will visit the facility to ascertain whether adequate infrastructure was in place.
The apex court said that the representatives will visit the creche premises on August 16 after the normal court hours.
“A visit to the premises (both New Extension Building and Additional Building Complex, presently at the final stage of construction) along with the counsel for the petitioner, the representatives of the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Secretary General of the Supreme Court will be made on August 16, 2017 after court hours,” a bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha said.
The matter pertains to a PIL filed by advocate Anindita Pujari who had sought more facility like separate rooms so that more children could be kept there by working parents.
Earlier, the apex court had said that the creche service in the court premises was inadequate while asking the registry to see whether there was any prospect for expanding its service within the available infrastructure.
The bench, however, had said no room facility could be provided and asked senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for the apex court registry, to take instructions on various aspects of expanding the services and payment of wages to additional nurses who would take care of children.
It had decided to halve the fee for the service, after it faced criticism for exorbitant fee for the facility, from Rs 5,000 to Rs 2,500 per month.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising, the petitioner’s counsel, had contended that the fee structure was discouraging many working parents from taking the services of the child care unit.
( Source – PTI )