CM launches E-library of laws project of Bar Council of Gujarat
E-library to cover 8 lakh verdicts in English and 25,000 verdicts in Gujarati, given by all the courts after independence
As one of the first initiatives in India the Chief Minister Narendra Modi today launched e-library(laws) project of Bar Council of Gujarat.
The project will bring together the law libraries of all the Bar Associations of the state and then it will be converted into e-format. The e-library software will cover all the court proceedings and verdicts after independence, delivered by the Supreme Court and other courts. This will benefit 64,000 lawyers of the state with over eight lakh verdicts in English and 25,000 verdicts in Gujarati. The project has been implemented in association with the state’s law department.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister said such projects are possible to implement in only Gujarat as the other parts of the country faces uncertain availability of electricity. In such situation, the e-governance initiatives are more likely to strengthen the judicial system of Gujarat only.
It is noteworthy that Mr.Modi came up with the idea of creating e-library of laws during golden jubilee celebration of Bar Council of Gujarat. Later on, the government of Gujarat gave grant of Rs.2.22 crore for the project and finally the project has been launched today.
Speaking to a huge gathering of lawyers came from all over Gujarat the Chief Minister said that Indian freedom struggle was guided by teacher and lawyer fraternity. He appealed the lawyers to take leadership once again to make 21st century India’s century. He said the e-library of laws is the best tool in the hands of lawyers which will help them to improve their professional skills.
Highlighting the state government’s e-governance achievements the Chief Minister said that Gujarat government has bagged 29 national and international awards for e-governance initiatives. “We have made satellite mapping of the State through BISAG and used GPS system for various objectives. Due to effective e-governance the Bhilad check-post of Gujarat has earned Rs.700 crore more income in five years from its adjacent Odhad check-post of Maharashtra”, he said.
The Chief Minister also outlined the SWAGAT online grievance redressal programme which has received best public system international award from UNO. He said the effectiveness of the programme has instilled a new faith in people that their problems will be heard and solved.
Law Minister Dilip Sanghani appealed the lawyers to perform their social obligation also along with their legal practice. He outlined the state government’s planning for providing best infrastructural facilities to the state courts.
Minister of State for law Pradipsinh Jadeja exuded faith that the e-library will prove helpful to the legal professionals.
The lawyer fraternity conveyed wishes to Mr.Modi for his birthday which happens to be on tomorrow.