Panaji: A 19-year-old girl has moved the Bombay High Court challenging the mandatory requirement of getting signatures of MPs/MLAs on forms of Goa government’s flagship Ladli Lakshmi scheme, which provides Rs one lakh for marriage of women upto the age of 40.
Steffy Fernandes, a local, petitioned before the bench here that the forms for the scheme were taken away by ruling MLAs leaving nothing for general public.
The Women and Child Welfare Department is the implementing agency of the scheme.
The petition would be heard by division bench of High Court A P Lavande and U V Bakre on July 26.
The petitioner challenged the requirement of MLAs/MPs signature on forms for availing the benefit of this scheme, which is applicable for women between 18-40 years of age.
She said that the requirement that the form be signed in the presence of an MLA or MP was entirely arbitrary as it could have been signed in the presence of any government designated officer of the Taluka, Panchayat or Municipality.
Stating that there was no cogent reason for the form to be signed before the MLA or MP, the petitioner has submitted that this has been done to enable the ruling party MLAs to obtain political mileage and leverage with people who would be forced to approach them not only for the forms but also for their signatures.
Pleading that the requirement that the form be signed only before an MLA or MP be declared void being opposed to public policy and the rule of law, the petitioner has submitted that such a requirement was for a political and malafide purpose being destructive to the very rule of law and transparency in dealing with citizens.