Ombudsman for Local Self Government Institutions
This is a high powered quasi judicial body functioning at the State level with its Head Quarters in the State Capital. Possibly no other State in India has such an institution to oversee the functioning of Local Self Government Institutions.
The Organizational structure of the Department
Ombudsman for Local self Government Institutions
Head of Institution: Ombudsman
Conducting investigation and or enquiry in respect of any action involving corruption or maladministration or irregularities in the discharge of administrative functions by Local Self Government Institutions or by an employee or an officer working under the Local Self Government Institution or by an employee or an officer working in any office or institutions transferred to such Local Self Govt. Institution or by any elected Member of the Local Self Govt. Institutions including its President or Chairperson and for the disposal of any complaint relating to such action in accordance with the provisions of the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (Act No.13 of 1994).
Achievements and Success Stories of the Department Receipt and Disposal of Cases
A total number of 4215 cases were registered before OMBUDSMAN till 31.12.2001. Out of these, 2254 cases were finally disposed off. To start with, the Sittings were held only at Thiruvananthapuram. But taking into consideration the convenience of the Public ie petitioners in O.P., Officers and elected Members of Local Self Government Institutions camp sittings were arranged at District Headquarters also to facilitate the early disposal of cases. 49 Camp Sittings at different District Head quarters were held during this period.
During the period 'OMBUDSMAN' could pronounce certain important orders that have gone a long way in the grievance redressal process of the public and have far reaching significance in the Administration of Local bodies. A few illustrative cases are mentioned below.
Details of the financial services by the department to the common man
Now a day the common man finds it very difficult to approach the District Court/High Court for the redressed of their legitimate claims due to the hike in the legal expenses. But under the decentralized "Ombudsman" system the party can straight away submit their petitions to the Ombudsman after affixing a court fee stamp of Rs.10/- (Rupees ten only). The party can represent this case in the forum even without the help of an Advocate.
Filing of Complaints and steps taken before they are filed
The Enactment, ordinance or legislation pertaining to the department
Under Sub-section (2) of section 271 G of the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (13 of 1994) the Governor of Kerala appointed 7 Members as Ombudsman vide notification in G.O.(P) No.155/2000/LSGD dated 29.05.2000
In exercise of the power conferred by Article 213 of the constitution of India, Governor of Kerala has promulgated an ordinance viz Kerala Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Ordinance 2001 (Ordinance No.36 of 2001) and the same was published in the Kerala Gazatte extra ordinary dated 14th September 2001.
The said ordinance was replaced by the Kerala Panchayat Raj (Amendment)Bill, 2001 and placed before the Kerala Legislative Assembly in its Eleventh session.
On getting the assert of the Governor the above Bill was replaced by the Kerala Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Act 2001 (Act No.12 of 2001) and inexercise with the powers conferred under section 7 of the amended Act Governor have appointed Justice (Retired) Sri.K.P.Radhakrishna Menon as Ombudsman vide GO(P) No.313/01/LSGD dated 11.12.2001. His swearing is effected on 26.12.2001.