LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sayed Zahid Hussain has said that hectic efforts are afoot to improve judiciary at the lower level. Talking informally to media persons after oath-taking of the judges here Saturday, the chief justice said a number steps have been taken which have yielded very positive results in the lower judiciary whereof litigants are visibly getting benefits. He said in order to provide further facilities to the litigants as well as to ensure speedy administration of justice. He said salaries and allowances of judicial officers have been increased and now they are expected to give equally good performance so that they justify what they are getting. The LHC chief justice said at the subordinate level more focus is being given to the cases relating to women and children and also those families ones and for the convenience of all that such a mechanism is being devised that their cases are heard one place within their easy reach and also to facilitate meeting of mother and child in a custody matters, at one place. Justice Sayed Zahid Hussain said a lot has been done and further is being done to improve conditions at the lower level of judiciary as well as performance of the judicial officers. LHC constitute bench for next week As many as 25 judges on Single Bench and 11 Division Benches would hold sitting at the Principal Seat, Lahore, during the week commencing Monday next. The judges include, Chief Justice Sayed Zahid Hussain, Justice Mian Muhammad Najamuz Zaman, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Nasim Sikandar, Justice Muhammad Bilal Khan, Justice Fazl-e-Meran Chauhan, Justice Syed Shabbar Raza Rizvi, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Syed Hamid Ali Shah, Justice Umar Atta Bandial, Justice Tariq Shamim, Justice Syed Asghar Haider, Justice Hasnat Ahmad Khan, Justice Khwaja Farooq Saeed, Justice Muhammad Akram Qureshi, Justice Khurshid Anwar Bhindar, Justice Rana Zahid Mahmood, Justice Kazim Ali Malik, Justice Hafiz Tariq Nasim, Justice Khalil Ahmad, Justice M A Zafar, Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi and Justice Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon. The Division Benches will comprise, Chief Justice Sayed Zahid Hussain and Umar Atta Bandial; Justice Mian Muhammad Najamuz Zaman and Justice Rana Zahid Mahmood; Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi; Justice Nasim Sikandar and Justice Khawaja Farooq Saeed; Justice Muhammad Bilal Khan and Justice Fazl-e-Meran Chauhan; Justice Syed Shabbar Raza Rizvi and Justice M A Zafar; Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Syed Ashgar Haider; Justice Syed Hamid Ali Shah and Justice Hafiz Tariq Nasim; Justice Tariq Shamim and Justice Kazim Ali Malik; Justice Hasnat Ahmad Khan and Justice Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon; and Justice Muhammad Akram Qureshi and Justice Khalil Ahmad. Another petition filed against increase in power tariff Another petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court to question the increase of 22.5 per cent made in the electricity tariff. The petition has been filed by Pakistan Jurists Forum for Human Rights through Tariq Aziz Malik praying to the court to scrape the increase made over the last three months by the authorities. It contends the consumers are being made to pay another additional charge under the head of 'NJF,' which, it has learnt, is a collection of money for a power generation project under the title of Neelam-Jehlum Project. The petitioner has questioned justification of this charge in light of section of 24(A) of General Clauses Act, which demands of the authorities prior information to the affectees for levying a charge in this nature and in the present case, which has not been done. As to the impugned increase, the petitioner says, it was repugnant to Article 2(a) and 9 of the Constitution and amounts to depriving the people of their right to life when the masses are hard pressed under the heavy cost of life.