New Delhi / Bhubaneswar , 24/4 ( Odisha Samachar )- Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik attended the Joint Conference of the Chief Ministers of the States/UTs and Chief Justices of High Courts in New Delhi today. Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Conference which was presided over by Justice T.S. Thakur, Hon’ble Chief Justice of India.
Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha in his written speech circulated during the Joint Conference informed that recognising the importance of timely delivery of justice to common citizens, Odisha has made substantial progress on important decisions taken during the last Joint Conference held on 5th April, 2015. It mentions that 30 Courts of Judicial Magistrate 1st Class have been established for ensuring speedy trial of offences against women in the State. Further, 26 additional Courts of Judicial Magistrate 1st Class have been set up in remote andtopographically challenging districts. It adds that Odisha has established Gramya Nyayalayasin remote areas of the State to cater to the rural population. The speech of the Hon’ble Chief Minister highlights that the Orissa High Court has been strengthened with the construction of a litigant friendly Modern Court Complex and that the State has set up an impressive Odisha Judicial Academy for imparting quality training and capacity building of the Judicial officers. In addition, a State Level Mediation Centre and 21 District Level Mediation Centres have been operationalised for early disposal of cases in the State. The speech also contains details of the important works in progress including the new proposed works. It highlights that construction works of 17 District Court Buildings covering all the newly created districts and a major judicial complex at Bhubaneswar to accommodate all the Courts under a single roof at a cost of about Rs.200 crore are currently under progress. The State proposes to establish 29 new Courts including 4 Family Courts; Lok Adalats, Legal Literacy Camps and Legal Assistance Cells in every Gram Panchayat. It further informs that Odisha has agreed to bear all the recurring expenses required to implement e-Court projects beyond the period supported by the Central Government and to support digitization of records of the Orissa High Court. Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha expressed his concern at the long pendency of cases in the State and urged upon the Union Government to fill up the vacant eight posts of Judges in the Orissa High Court at the earliest. Further, highlighting that despite non-receipt of Central Assistance since 2014, Odisha has been making every possible effort to strengthen the Court infrastructure, Hon’ble Chief Minister impressed upon the Union Government to supplement the efforts of the State by providing additional resources for creating court
infrastructure, residential buildings and other amenities.