Jammu, Dec 1: Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal, Saturday exhorted Judicial Officers to make optimal use of Information Technology (IT) saying this can help expedite justice dispensation for maximum benefit of the people.
“As Judicial Officers we have to keep pace with the latest technological developments in IT and make its use in the judicial process”, Chief Justice said while addressing 2-day North Zone Regional Conference on Enhancing Excellence of the Judicial Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities organized here by the National Judicial Academy in collaboration with High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and State Judicial Academy.
The Chief Justice exuded confidence that the judiciary was well poised to meet the challenges in delivering justice to the people.
Supreme Court Judge, Justice Navin Sinha was the chief guest on the occasion while Director National Judicial Academy, Justice G Raghuram presided over the function.
Justice Navin Sinha, Judge Supreme Court of India while interacting with the participants in two working sessions of the conference activated the debate as to the difference between what is constitutional requirement with regard to the dispensation of justice and practical reality of the court process. Judge guided the participating Judicial officers to explore the areas of improvement and adopt proactive approach fearlessly and judiciously.
Appreciating the efforts of Justice Sinha towards making judiciary a vibrant institution of Justice dispensation, the Chief Justice said that his presence here manifests his deep concern towards strengthening the Subordinate Judiciary and we all will definitely be benefitted by his intellect and experience.
Referring to recently launched video conferencing facility in District Court Srinagar, the Chief Justice said that this was an initiative under the E-Courts project which envisages justice dispensation to the far flung and remote areas of the state in a hassle free manner. It will be launched in all courts across the State soon to save time, expenses and other related hazards, she added.
While acknowledging the robust support of the Center and the state government in facilitating Justice dispensation, the CJ urged upon the Judicial Officers to benefit from the technology in enhancing their legal acumen.
In judicial dispensation, the challenges are many and opportunities too are numerous, the Chief Justice said hoping that the Judiciary will poise itself for the both.
Justice Mittal referred to the well-recognized fact that the judicial functioning cannot be discharged merely with knowledge and intelligence but it has to be supplemented by wisdom, intellect and a high degree of sense of justice.
Making a mention of Commercial Court Acts and Family Court Acts in the state, the Chief Justice said that efforts would be redoubled to make these effective means of delivering justice to the targeted segments of the society.
Hoping that the ongoing conference will provide a unique platform to the participants in sharing their experiences and expertise, the CJ said that such events help in clearing blurred visions, doubts, improves judicial skills and instill a sense of confidence besides improving the capacity to interpret law so as to deliver expedited adjudication. “I am quite optimistic that the conference would enable us to contribute towards justice dispensation with added vigour”, she opined.
“I firmly believe that Institutional bonding is critical to Institutional Development and such conferences are a step forward towards achieving this goal”, the Chief Justice maintained.
Justice G Raghuram, while addressing the conference, said that since the past 15 years the National Judicial academy is providing training and continuing legal education to judicial officers and ministerial officers of the courts. “We have several pockets of excellence in our Judicial family which needs to be transformed from episodic to institutional and structural to create a Judicial world of excellence”, he maintained.
Justice G Raghuram informed that the possibilities are being explored to create a separate training institute for training judges and judicial instructors in Law colleges. “Legal education is a huge transformative exercise which we all need to put into effect to bring in added excellence, accountability and responsiveness in our Judicial world”, he asserted.
Justice Rajesh Bindal, Chairman Committee for State Judicial Academy, while addressing the conference said that learning is a continuous process and emphasized the need for gaining knowledge by whatever means available. He said that in this process of learning focus should be on quality parameters and not the quantity. “Good and Efficient Judges should not take break from learning and must continue to possess requisite knowledge and skills”, he asserted.
Justice Bindal said that it is imperative to focus on judicial education and interactions among all stakeholders of the judicial system for prompt deliverance of justice.
The themes of the conference inter alia include Constitutional Vision of Justice, High Court and District Judiciary: Building Synergies, Revisiting norms for Appellate review: Consequences of frequent and excessive Appelate Interference, Access to Justice: Information and Communication technology and Access to Justice: court and Case Management.
Later, E-Newsletter of the State Judicial Academy was released by the dignitaries on the occasion. Earlier, the Judicial Academy had been printing the Newsletters which shall now be dispensed with and News Letter shall, henceforth, be transmitted through Electronic Mode to the all the Judicial officers of the state. E-News Letter shall cover latest developments of law and shall contain latest judicial pronouncements of Supreme Court and High Courts.
The Mr. Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Mr. Justice TashiRabstanand Mr. Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir also graced the occasion. The Conference was attended by Judges of the High Courts of various states including Himachal Pardesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Allahabad, Delhi and Punjab& Haryana. Judicial Officers from seven participating states were also present on the occasion.
CS reviews developmental, security scenario at B’pora
Sriangar, Oct 15: Chief Secretary, BVR Subramaniyam accompanied by Principal Secretary Planning Monitoring and Development, RohitKansal and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Tuesday visited district Bandipora and convened a meeting of the officers of district and police administration to review the developmental and security scenario in the district.
District Development Commissioner (DDC) Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Zahoor Ahmad Mir, SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik and all other district officers were present in the meeting.
The DDC gave a detailed presentation of physical and financial achievements made under various sectors including R&B, PHE, Power, Irrigation and flood control, Rural Development, Sports, Handicrafts and Education.
The DDC apprised the meeting that cent percent dumping of essential commodities has been ensured in Gurez for upcoming winter season. He said that Rs 46 lakh has been disbursed among the affected families of cross border shelling in Gurez sector and the construction of community Bunkers is under process.
The DDC informed the meeting that the district administration has put all the arrangements in place for the upcoming winter season and there is adequate availability of essential commodities including medicine in the district. All basic amenities and services are provided in a hassle free manner to the general public. He said various languishing developmental projects have been completed and work on others is going on.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Secretary appreciated the district administration for the efforts and arrangements put in place for the welfare of the people. He directed the officers to work with dedication and in a cooperative manner for accomplishing the various projects under execution in the district. He directed officers of the district administration to stress on development and public welfare.
While reviewing the sports sector, he stressed upon timely completion of play fields approved by the government at various places in the district. He asked for development of sports infrastructure for shaping the potential of youth in a proper direction.
He asked the officers of health department to ensure every possible support and facility to the patients in health institutions for enhancing the percentage of institutional deliveries in order to decrease the infant mortality rate.
The Chief Secretary directed district administration to activate men and machinery for combating the winter inconvenience. CS assured that all facilities will be provided to the general public in an uninterrupted manner and proper arrangements will be made for operation of Gurez- Bandipora road in upcoming winter.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan asked the officers to address public grievances on priority and emphasised the need of completion of developmental projects, for which he directed the concerned agencies to speed up the pace of work on developmental projects. He said that additional DG sets will be provided to Gurez for providing adequate power supply to the inhabitants.
The Chief Secretary and Div Com also reviewed arrangements put in place for the BDC Elections scheduled on 24 October 2019. They were informed that there are 12 blocks in district for which 36 candidates are in fray. All the arrangements have been finalised for the smooth conduct of elections in the district, DDC said.
Later on, as part of public outreach programme various deputations and public representative met Chief Secretary and Div Com and projected their demands. The deputations demanded completion of District Hospital, Bus Adda, Putushay Power grid Station and beautification of town. The demand of Bandipora Bypass road was also reiterated by the deputations. The development of town drainage system on modern lines and boosting of tourism was also projected by the representatives. Deputation from Bonakoot demanded completion of Bonakoot-Pannar Bridge for which on spot directions were issued by the Chief Secretary for removing bottlenecks in its completion.
The Chief Secretary assured the deputations that necessary steps will be taken to redress their genuine problems and asked the DDC to look into the public issues on priority and ensure that their genuine demands are fulfilled in a time bound manner.
Earlier Chief Secretary reviewed security scenario of the district with the officers from police and other security agencies.
Centre ₹5.5 lakh package for PaK families who settled outside JK after Partition
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a one-time payment of ₹5.5 lakh as a resettlement package for the 5,300 displaced families who had come from Pakistan-adminestered Kashmir and initially settled outside Jammu and Kashmir but later relocated to the State.
A “historical wrong” has been corrected by the government, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said while briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the resettlement package for those PaK families who had settled in Jammu and Kashmir after partition on separate occasions.
The families which had come from PaK but had settled outside Jammu and Kashmir were left out of the package, Javadekar said. These families had later resettled in Jammu and Kashmir.
Shah calls high-level meet to review security situation
New Delhi, Oct 7: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has called a high-level meeting of the police chiefs of all the states and central armed forces to review the security situation as well as examine the progress of concerned states on crucial suggestions made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December last year.
The meeting in the back drop of prevailing situation in Kashmir valley as well as talks of conducting NRC in several states to identify illegal immigrants makes it more relevant since the government is pushing to recalibrate the national security strategy.
The meeting is organised by Intelligence Bureau on October 14 and October 15 which will be chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah. The meeting will also be attended by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
Respective Director Generals of Police, besides discussing vital security elements like radicalization, cyber security, naxalism and others, will also be presenting action taken report of their states.
“Cyber crime and ISIS influence in Indian sub continent will be the major issue apart from police moderation and judicial reformation,” said a senior IPS officer, who will also be participating in the meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Home Minister Rajnath Singh, now the Defence Minister, had been pushing police chiefs to work in seamless co-ordination to thwart looming threats.
Modi had suggested the police forces to be vigilant in countering the dark forces of radicalization, and to engender trust among all communities across the nation. He had stressed on the importance of Inter-State coordination, in tackling crime and emphasized on the need for capacity building in the police forces, on the subject of cyber security.
He had also suggested that all the states should learn best practices from the Jammu and Kashmir police force for their role in countering militants, and successfully engaging them.
Shah has sought the details of works done as suggested by Modi this year by forces across the country. He will personally review each Director Generals of Police’s work.
Sources further said that Shah’s focus wil be on the progress made in respect to intelligence gathering and real coordination with the states. The anti-terror units of the states would also be part of the meet.
In the last Conference of Director Generals and Inspector Generals of Police at Kevadiya in Gujarat held between December 20 to December 22, Mod had suggested various key issues that need to be addressed in a time bound manner and had sought a compliance report from Home Ministry.