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"Gujarat CM strongly advocates qualitative Judicial Reforms"
"Suggested comprehensive planning and standardization for Taluka level Courts across the country"
"Suggested for earmarking a day by all courts across the Country for bulk disposal of specific matters"
"Emphasised on Public awareness through dedicated TV channel like Lok Sabha-Rajya Sabha TV channels"

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi strongly advocated qualitative Judicial Reforms and emphasized that grading of various courts based on standard parameters should be developed for quality of judgment.

Shri Narendra Modi said that the judicial process and dispensation of justice mechanism requires a paradigm shift. In order to sustain peoples’ faith in the system and quality of judgments, our archaic laws and procedures need a fresh relook, particularly those governing judicial process and procedures.

While speaking at Conference of Chief Ministers of States & Chief Justices of High Courts here, Shri Modi referring to the status of implementation of Gram Nyayalayas in the country reiterated his fear about the effectiveness of its functioning and justice delivery at affordable costs. Instead he voiced his views on carrying out of comprehensive study on the status of Taluka level courts. While thousands of crores of monetary fund remain unutilized for Gram Nyayalayas, Central Government should review its decision and provide adequate funds to the State Government to strengthen the Taluka courts, he urged. He also mentioned that mobile Taluka courts should be run for remote villages, once in a month. Shri Narendra Modi made a number of suggestions in the conference which were highly appreciated by the participants.

The Government of Gujarat has taken an alternate route to strengthening and extending the services of Taluka Courts, he said. To fulfill a vision of having at least one court in each of the 225 Talukas in Gujarat, 183 courts of Civil Judge have been made functional. Regretting the decision of UPA Government for closing the scheme of Fast Track Courts, Shri Narendra Modi stressed that such initiative to deliver justice faster has had a great impact in deepening peoples’ faith in the justice delivery system. Since 2011, the Gujarat Government has been continuing with Fast Track Courts on its own resources without assistance from the Centre. Gujarat established 166 fast track courts. Total 4 lakh cases were disposed of by these courts. Now, only 43 Courts are functioning without Central government assistance. He urged the central government to rethink and provide more funds to the states to establish fast track courts.

Shri Modi stated that in earlier occasions he made number of suggestions like setting up of Evening Court, extension of working hours in a week and cutting down of vacation period etc. of which some of the suggestions were considered. Evening courts were set up first in Gujarat in 2006 and the functioning of the same has been highly satisfactory. Total 102 Evening courts set up in Gujarat disposed of 9.06 lakh cases within short period. It has been so successful that in many of these courts, there are no cases and therefore 14 evening courts have been closed, as directed by High Court.

Good governance and grievance redressal are essential to minimize litigation while conciliation, mediation, legal literacy and awareness empower the litigants. Various alternate mechanisms of dispute resolution and speedy trial give cumulative effect in reducing the pendency. Shri Modi suggested a TV channel on the lines of Lok Sabha/ Rajya Sabha TV channels for disseminating legal awareness and educating people on various important legal issues.

Lok Adalats and legal literacy camps are organized by the Gujarat State Legal Authority, where services of retired Judges are utilized. From its inception till the end of 2012, 1,30,588 Lok Adalats have been organized in which 63,28,452 cases have been disposed off. Shri Modi suggested creation of separate non-judicial management cadre for the administration of court affairs and facilitating the judicial officers to concentrate on judicial functions. He cited the example of hospital management where non medical managers are efficiently managing the hospitals. Pointing out the need to reduce time judicial officers spend on administrative functions, the Gujarat Chief Minister said that the Government of Gujarat has sanctioned various posts of Court Managers at different levels. He also mentioned about development of expertise among judges on specific matters and allotment of cases should be decided accordingly for the speedy disposal and quality of judgments.

While drawing attention about complex matters involving economic offence, cyber crimes etc. he not only suggested specialization but emphasized on scientific training of judicial officers and advocates. The Gujarat Forensic Sciences University is a first of its kind in the world for conducting scientific investigation and subsequent court testimony by the experts to strengthen the justice delivery system more towards certainty.

Information technology has a greater role to play in ensuring efficiency and transparency. The Gujarat Chief Minister emphasized the use of ICT and computerization of courts. Shri Modi appraised that during last five years, the State Government has invested heavily in the computerization of courts. Gujarat High Court is fully computerized; many of the district courts are also computerized and most of district courts have the Gujarat State Wide Area Network (GSWAN). Gujarat has set up e-library for the benefit of members of the Bar in all Talukas of the State.

With the use of ICT, Shri Modi suggested that we should make available some of the good judgments in public domain for mutual benefits of society.

Besides providing a point-to-point Video Conferencing system in 13 District Courts by connecting them with concerned jails, a multi-point video conferencing system is installed in the City Civil court, Ahmedabad under model E-Court project.

Focusing on judicial reforms, Gujarat CM apprised that the state government has established a Juvenile Justice Board and a Child Welfare Committee in every district to deal effectively with cases pertaining to juveniles in conflict with the law. He suggested that the states run number of protection homes, old age home etc. which could be housed in one complex to provide family atmosphere for all the inmates. Extensive data bank can be developed to track the missing children through a dedicated website.

Shri Modi stressed the need to carry out legal processes in local and vernacular languages so as to cut down on intricacies making judicial procedures incomprehensible to the public. He further emphasized on creation of forum where judiciary and executive can deliberate on discrepancy in policy matters creating unnecessary litigations.

Gujarat Ministers Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Shri Bhaskar Bhattacharya and senior officers from Gujarat Government participated in the conference, which was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister and attended by Union Law Minister, Chief Justice and other Judges of Supreme Court, eminent jurists, Chief Justices of High Courts along with officials from the Government of India and State Governments.

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April 16, 2021
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PM Narendra Modi took a comprehensive review to ensure adequate medical grade oxygen supply in the country. Inputs from ministries like Health, DPIIT, Steel, Road Transport, etc were also shared with the PM. PM stressed that it is important to ensure synergy across ministries & state governments.

PM Modi also took a detailed review of current situation of oxygen supply and projected use in the coming 15 days across 12 high burden states (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan). An overview of district level situation in these states was presented to the PM.

PM was informed that the Centre and States are in regular contact and estimates for projected demand have been shared with states as on 20th April, 25th April & 30th April. Accordingly, 4,880 MT, 5,619 MT and 6,593 MT have been allocated to these 12 states for meeting their projected demand as on 20th April, 25th April and 30th April, respectively.

PM was briefed about production capacity in the country to meet the rising demand. PM suggested to increase oxygen production as per capacity of each plant. It was discussed that surplus stocks of oxygen supply in steel plants are being offered from medical use.

PM urged officials to ensure seamless and free movement of tankers carrying oxygen throughout the country. The Government has exempted all interstate movement of oxygen tankers from registration of permits to enable easier movement. PM was informed that States and transporters have been asked to ensure tankers move round the clock with drivers working in shifts to ensure faster turnaround and adequate capacity to meet the surge in demand. Cylinder filling plants will also be permitted 24 hour working with necessary safeguards. The Government is allowing Industrial cylinders to be used for medical oxygen after due purging. Similarly nitrogen and argon tankers will be automatically allowed to be converted to oxygen tankers to overcome the potential shortage of tankers.

Officers also briefed the PM about the efforts being made to import medical grade oxygen.