Prime Minister Modi to Address Joint Conference of CMs and SC Chief Justices on Saturday – Essential Things to Know


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the opening session of the Joint Conference of State Chief Ministers and High Court Chief Justices on April 30 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, IANS news agency reported.

He will also deliver a speech at 10 a.m. Saturday to commemorate the event.

Justice NV Ramana, Chief Justice of India, and Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju will also address the conference.

Many chief ministers are expected, including Yogi Adityanath from Uttar Pradesh, Naveen Patnaik from Odisha, Mamata Banerjee from West Bengal and Basavraj Bommai from Karnataka, PTI news agency reported.

Chattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and Tripura CM Biplab Deb have arrived in the nation’s capital to attend the conference.

Ahead of the conference, Tripura CM Biplab Deb said, “The meeting between the Prime Minister, CMs and Chief Justices will take place tomorrow after a long time. This will strengthen the civil and judicial system,” ANI news agency reported.

After the opening of the conference, a series of working sessions will be held during which the Chief Ministers and Chief Justices will discuss the topics on the agenda and attempt to reach an agreement.

The joint conference brings together the executive and judicial branches of government to develop frameworks for delivering justice in a simple and practical way, as well as to consider actions needed to address system challenges.

This joint conference is being held after a six-year hiatus, the last one having taken place in 2016. As part of the e-Courts Mission Mode Project, the government has since taken several steps to improve infrastructure and integrate digital technology in court proceedings.

The expeditious administration of justice, reducing litigation wait times and increasing vacancies in the judiciary should be high on the agenda, as should the problems facing the justice system.

Judicial infrastructure and the reduction of pending cases will also be discussed.

CJI Ramana had proposed to the government a few months ago to establish a National Judicial Facilities Authority of India (NJIAI) to ensure proper judicial infrastructure, PTI reported.

The proposed organization will serve as a clearinghouse for developing the roadmap for the planning, establishment, development, maintenance and administration of the functional infrastructure of the Indian judicial system.

There would be a board of directors, with the Chief Justice of India as chief patron, according to the proposal.

The NJIAI will also function as a central body in developing the roadmap for the planning, construction, development, maintenance and administration of the functional infrastructure of the Indian judicial system, in addition to equivalent structures in the 25 high courts.

The government recently told parliament that the proposal has been submitted to the states for discussion, as state governments play an important role in creating infrastructure for upper courts and lower courts.

Earlier today, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana chaired the 39th Meeting of Chief Justices of various High Courts across the country.

Highlighting the issue of vacancies, CJI Ramana said, “Through our collective efforts, we have been able to fill 126 vacancies in various High Courts, in less than a year. We are expecting 50 more appointments. This remarkable achievement was made possible through your cooperation. without reservation and your commitment to the institution.”

(With contributions from agencies)

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