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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for encouraging local languages in courts

Newdelhi:30/4/22:Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for encouraging local languages in courts saying, it will increase the confidence of the common people in the judicial system. Mr. Modi said this while addressing the inaugural session of the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers of the States and Chief Justices of High Courts in New Delhi.

The Prime Minister said the government considers the possibilities of technology in the judicial system as an essential part of the Digital India Mission. He said the e-courts project is being implemented in a mission mode in the country.

Mr. Modi said, the Judiciary is the guardian of the Constitution and the Legislature represents the aspirations of the citizens adding that this balance will prepare the roadmap for an effective and time-bound judicial system in the country.

The Prime Minister stressed that 75 years of Independence have clarified the roles and responsibilities of both the judiciary and the executive. He added that this relationship has evolved wherever necessary to give direction to the country. Mr. Modi said, in this ‘Amrit Kaal’, the country’s vision should be for a judicial system where justice is easily available, quick, and for everyone.

Mr. Modi said, in 2015, the Centre identified about 1,800 laws that have become irrelevant. Out of these, 1,450 laws were abolished. He said that only 75 such laws have been abolished by the states and urged the states to look into it.

Talking about under-trial prisoners, the Prime Minister said, today there are about 3.5 lakh, such prisoners, in the country. He said, most of them are from poor or ordinary families and urged the  Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts to give priority to their cases.

Chief Justice of India N. V. Ramana said the law should be made after thorough debates and discussions incorporating the needs and aspirations of concerned people.

He said, often there is litigation because of the non-performance of executives and inaction of legislatures which are avoidable. He also said that well-meaning intentions behind Public Interest Litigation are misused as it is turned into ‘Personal Interest Litigation’ to stall projects and terrorise public authorities.

He said it has become a tool to settle scores with political and corporate rivals. The Chief Justice said that the Constitution provides separation of power among the three organs of the state and one should be mindful of the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ while discharging their duty.

Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju and Chief Ministers of Several States and Union Territories were present at the conference.

The Joint Conference is an occasion for the executive and the judiciary to come together to create frameworks for simple and convenient delivery of justice and to discuss steps required to overcome the challenges facing the judicial system.

The previous conference was held in 2016. Since then, the government has taken various initiatives for improving infrastructure and integration of digital technology in court processes under the e-Courts Mission Mode Project

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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