The Assam Tribune
Rijiju to meet State law ministers next month
NEW DELHI, Oct 26: With several courts functioning from premises that have insufficient space or are in a dilapidated condition without basic amenities, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju will meet State law ministers next month to make a fresh push to improve judicial infrastructure.
Rijiju announced the proposed meeting days after Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said that judicial infrastructure was important for improving access to justice but it was baffling to note that its improvement and maintenance was being carried out in an ad-hoc and unplanned manner. !Judicial infrastructure is one of the agenda items for the meeting ... It is my responsibility to take the State governments on board," Rijiju said on Tuesday.
The infrastructure for high courts and lower courts is the domain of the State governments. !We are faced with certain hard facts like several courts do not have proper facilities. Some courts function out of dilapidated buildings. Judicial infrastructure is important for improving access to justice," the CJI had said.
CJI Ramana was speaking on
Saturday at the inauguration of two wings of the annexe building at the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court.
Sources in the law ministry said the proposed meeting between Rijiju and State law ministers was planned before the CJI made these remarks on judicial infrastructure.
In July this year, the Union Cabinet had approved a fiveyear extension for a Centrally-sponsored scheme for developing infrastructure for the judiciary. The Centrally-sponsored Scheme for Development of Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary has been in operation since 1993-94.
An official statement had then said that in the extended term, it would continue from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2026 during which Rs 9,000 crore would be spent with the central share of Rs 5,357 crore, including Rs 50 crore for the Gram Nyayalaya Scheme.
Several courts are still functioning on rented premises with insufficient space and some in a dilapidated condition without basic amenities, the statement pointed out. The lack of residential accommodation to all the judicial officers also adversely affects their work and performance, it had observed. # PTI