Justice Banumathi is only the 6th woman judge of the SC since India’s Independence. Now, the 30-judge SC will now have two woman judges. The other is Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai. The sanctioned strength of the apex court is 31. Justice Banumathi is the one who ordered ban on jallikkattu and bull taming game in rural Tamil Nadu. The judgment paved the way for formulating guidelines to regulate the traditional sport in the state.
The other women judges of the court were Justice M Fathima Beevi (Kerala) who was the first woman SC judge, Justice Sujata V Manohar (Maharashtra), Justice Ruma Pal (West Bengal) and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra (Bihar).
It will now be a punishable offence to ban entry of a person clad in Dhoti from entering public places in Tamil Nadu. The state Assembly unanimously passed a bill making enforcing dress code and banning entry of persons wearing ‘dhoti’ in public places a cognizable offence punishable with jail term.
The House passed the ‘Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of Restriction on Dress) Act 2014’ after CM Jayalalithaa moved it for consideration and passing. The Act empowers the state to quash the licences of such clubs, recreation associations, trusts and company or society prohibiting entry to any person wearing a ‘vesthi’ (dhoti), traditional attire of men in the state.
The legislation, which comes against the backdrop of denial of entry to a Madras High Court Judge and two advocates recently by a prominent cricket club in the state, also holds any regulation or by-law made by any organization imposing a dress code as null and void. Punitive action, including cancellation of licence, besides punishment with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year and with a fine upto Rs.25,000, will be taken against the violators of the act.
The Act mentions that no dress code restrictions can be imposed for entry into public places– recreation clubs, hotels, theatres, malls, halls, auditoriums, stadiums and such other places as may be notified by the government, where people including members gather for any function, event, entertainment, sports or other activity.
The Act holds that the imposition of restriction on persons for entry into public places on the ground that their dress does not conform to Western culture would amount to continuation of the colonial imperialistic attitude.
The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu has decided to open 100 Amma Marunthagam (pharmacies) across the state. The move is likely to win more goodwill for chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The state already have some other welfare schemes like Amma canteens, water and salt which provide services at subsidized price. The new Amma Pharmacies will provide subsidized medicine for the poor. CM Jayalalithaa had promised the people for the creation of a welfare state and these steps seem to be the echo the same commitment. The state government had announced that Rs 20 crore will be used from the price distribution fund for opening the Amma pharmacies.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the appointment of Shaktikanta Das, a 1980 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, as the new Revenue Secretary, replacing Rajiv Takru.
Mr. Das, who is at present Fertilizers Secretary in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, will take charge as Revenue Secretary in the finance ministry after Mr. Takru relinquishes the post.