A huge challenge for me: the new Minister of Justice Kiren Rijiju

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The prime minister’s vision of “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” requires a strong legal system, he said upon taking office.

The prime minister’s vision of “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” requires a strong legal system, he said upon taking office.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” (self-governing India) requires a strong legal system, new Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Thursday after taking office. He promised transparency in his dealings.

The Lok Sabha member from Arunachal West replaced Ravi Shankar Prasad in the latest cabinet reshuffle.

“I am entering the hall for the first time and it is a huge challenge for me and a responsibility to fulfill the function of Minister of Law and Justice of the country… But everything can be managed with proper advice, an understanding of the subject and the application of the spirit,” said the 49-year-old minister, a law graduate from Delhi University but who has never practiced as a lawyer.

The Ministry of Justice plays a key role in the transfer, posting and elevation of Supreme Court and High Court Justices. Filling vacancies in the Supreme Court and 25 High Courts and recruiting more judicial officers in the subordinate judiciary are the two main challenges facing the new Minister of Justice.

Improving court infrastructure and upgrading technology, especially in times of COVID-19 when courts operated virtually; the creation of an all-India judicial service that streamlines the process of recruiting officers for lower courts and projecting India as a major arbitration hub are other significant challenges ahead.

The new Minister of State in the Ministry of Justice, SP Singh Baghel, has also taken over his portfolio.

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