Citizens' Issues
Evolve inbuilt correction system, PM urges judiciary

Modi also called for "qualitative changes" in the judiciary, which, he said, could be achieved by taking recourse to digital technology


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called upon the judiciary to evolve an inbuilt dynamic mechanism to address its deficiencies while Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu urged both the judiciary and the executive to respect the constitution -- both in form and in substance.
"Do we need a powerful judiciary or a perfect judiciary. We are becoming powerful, there is nothing wrong about it. The pace at which we are becoming powerful it is necessary that at the same pace, we should also become perfect. Our judiciary should be powerful... our judiciary should also be perfect," he said at the inaugural session of a conference here of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts.
Calling for an "inbuilt dynamic mechanism to address the deficiencies in the judicial system", Modi said: "If we make a mistake, though we have no right, there is remedy in judiciary.
"But if you (judiciary) make a mistake, then there is no remedy as there is nothing above you. We have to repeatedly make self appraisal."
The conference is aimed at addressing issues relating to the administration of justice in India. The previous one was held on April 7, 2013.
Modi also called for "qualitative changes" in the judiciary, which, he said, could be achieved by taking recourse to digital technology.
Emphasizing the importance of inbuilt mechanism for self-correction, he pointed to criticism that people in the government face for their mistakes and added that judges were lucky not to be exposed to such situations as they enjoy a lot of credibility among the people.
Cautioning the judges on the absence of such mechanism, Modi said: "Howsoever good a person (occupying a position) may be, but in the absence of institutional mechanism there are always dangers of slide."
Every care has to be taken so that people's confidence in the judiciary was not dented as that would cause great damage, he said.
"People have a lot of faith in the judicial system of India. We need to look at the manpower that is coming in this field in the coming years.
"We have to think how can we create good law institutions, keeping in mind the needs of the future," he said. 
Noting there was great responsibility on the judiciary, Modi went on to term it "divine".
"...people in the judicial system, what they do is divine. God has sent you to carry out this divine responsibility."
Modi also the apex court judges to review the working of tribunals whose performance he said was dismal. A lot of budgetary allocation was being made on tribunals but their rate of disposal was a matter of concern.
Calling for the simplification of laws, Modi said the statute book had to be cleared of web of laws which were redundant.
Noting the central government had decided to erase 700 antiquated laws and another 1,700 laws were being reviewed, he said his wish was to erase one law a day in his five-year term.
Calling for judicial officials' training in forensic sciences, Modi said there was need for trained legal people to draft law to ensure bare minimum gray areas.
About pending cases, he said: "We all talk about pendency of cases in courts but have we ever thought the number of hours the judiciary has to spent on them and problems they go through?"
In his address, CJI Dattu said the administration of justice can't be achieved by the judiciary alone without the government's full co-operation and support.
He also urged chief justices and chief ministers in states to uphold the constitution in "letter and spirit" for their "ultimate goal" of serving the people.



Vaibhav Dhoka

2 years ago

It is common man perception that tribunals and inquiry commissions are appointed for retired judges.There is no end to commissions and huge amount of public money is spent on this which fruitless.There is no accountability of judiciary towards public harmony.

States to gain Rs.3.35 lakh crore on coal auctions

Till the conclusion of the auctions held so far, a revenue of nearly Rs.20 lakh crore has been generated


Citing the ongoing coal auctions as a "true example of federalism", union Coal Secretary Anil Swarup on Sunday said the states will be getting a whopping Rs.3.35 lakh crore on account of the coal auctions.
"Of the 67 (coal) blocks auctioned and allotted so far, the states will be getting Rs.3.35 lakh crore revenue and another Rs.69,000 crore will be unlocked by way of tariff benefit to the consumers," Swarup told media persons on the sidelines of an interactive event organised here by the Coal Consumers' Association of India.
Till the conclusion of the auctions held so far, a revenue of nearly Rs.20 lakh crore has been generated.
"This is a true example of federalism. The entire money generated from the auctions is going to the states while the union government is organising the auctions," he said.
Swarup said that although washeries are featuring in the list of possible bidders for the auction, they will soon be struck off in a forthcoming amendment to the coal bill.
Until now, 29 blocks have been auctioned and another 38 has been allotted to the state-owned entities.
"We will also allot mines to the individual states for commercial mining," he said.
Further, the coal department will allot Chhattisgarh and Odisha dedicated mines to meet their requirements for the sponge iron industry.
For the next round of auctions due in the third week of April, a total of 16 blocks will be put up for bidding of which 11 will be for the power sector and the remaining for the "non-regulated sector".


Smriti Irani spots CCTV directed at changing room

A First Information Report has been filed under sections 354 and 509 of IPC, Police Inspector Nilesh Rane said


Police are probing staffers of Fab India, a niche clothing boutique in a Goa village, for allegedly installing a CCTV that overlooks the store's changing room in which central minister Smriti Irani was trying out clothes on Friday, a police official said.
Police Inspector Nilesh Rane told IANS that Smriti Irani had visited the boutique in the north coastal village of Calangute, 20 km north of Panaji, and was trying out clothes when one of her assistants noticed the camera and raised a hue and cry.
A First Information Report has been filed under sections 354 and 509 of IPC, Rane said.
"The minister was in the store when one of her assistants informed her about the camera which was installed outside the changing room, but seemed to have a view of inside," Rane said.
He said the camera lens was aimed through the ventilator of the changing room of the Fab India store.
While Irani could not be contacted, BJP's Calangute legislator Michael Lobo, who was on the spot, said the ruling BJP-led alliance government was taking the matter seriously.
"I along with the police are scanning the store's hard disk right now. The camera is in a very mischievous place and there is footage of women changing clothes for the past three to four months," Lobo said.
The Congress, meanwhile, claimed that the 'changing room scandal' was Goa's best kept secret, especially in tourism-oriented coastal villages.
"Not just this boutique. All stores with such a facility must be investigated. A union minister can at least alert the authorities but most people cannot," Congress spokesperson Durgadas Kamat said.


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