Union Law Minister and Lieutenant Governor review judicial infrastructure development under CSS

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Union Law and Justice Minister, Shri Kiren Rijiju and Lieutenant Governor, Shri Manoj Sinha chaired a high-level meeting to review development of judicial infrastructure in UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and from Ladakh to Raj Bhavan here today.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Sh Vivek Bhardwaj, Commissioner of Finance (Additional Chief Secretary) Department of Finance; Sh GR Raghavender, Joint Secretary (National Mission for the Delivery of Justice and Legal Reforms), Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice; Sh Sanjeev Gupta, Registrar General, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh; Sh Achal Sethi, Legal Secretary, J&K; Ch. Preet Pal Singh, Secretary of Legal Department, UT of Ladakh, and other senior officers.

During the meeting, the Honorable Minister was briefed on the current status of the infrastructure of the judiciary under the High Court of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh. He was briefed on budget allocation, use of funds for infrastructure development in court complexes in previous years, future plans and major projects being implemented.

The Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Law and Justice also briefed the meeting on the status of the work carried out under the programs sponsored by the center.

The Union Justice Minister has ordered the officers concerned to identify all shortcomings relating to the development of judicial infrastructure under the High Court of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh. He said that under the dynamic leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, special priority is being given to the development of Jammu-Kashmir, Ladakh and North East regions. He assured that sufficient funding will be allocated to fill all the gaps in the judicial infrastructure in the UTs of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh.

During the meeting, the Lt. Governor said the administration should play a key role in overhauling court complex infrastructure development across UT. He insisted on drawing up meticulous plans in collaboration with representatives of the judiciary.

It has been decided that utilities will be built and renovated in all courts in the region.

Instructions have also been issued to ensure that all court complexes that have leased buildings will be provided with new complexes by the end of this fiscal year. There must be a comprehensive electronic filing system in the district courts for which sufficient funds would be made available by the central government.

The meeting also decided that the construction works of the Jammu District Court Complex will start soon.

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