Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that delay in getting justice is one of the major challenges faced by the people of the country.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister noted that the critical meeting of law ministers and secretaries of all states in the country is taking place under the grandeur of the Statue of Unity, and it is the inspiration of Sardar Patel that will help us achieve our goals by pointing us in the right direction during this phase of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
In his video message aired at the inaugural session of the two-day “All India Conference of Law Ministers and Law Secretaries” at Ekta Nagar in Kevadia near the ‘Statue of Unity’, Modi also said that laws should be written in lucid manner and in regional languages so that the poorest of the poor can understand them. “Delay in getting justice is one of the major challenges being faced by the people of our country,” Modi said while also giving various suggestions to overcome the issue.
The conference will have discussions revolving around topics like alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration and mediation for quick and affordable justice, upgrading overall legal infrastructure, removing obsolete laws, improving access to justice, reducing pendency of cases and ensuring speedy disposal, bringing uniformity in proposals relating to state bills for better centre-state coordination and strengthening of State Legal Systems, among others.
He said the speciality of Indian society is that for thousands of years, while walking on the path of development it also carried out internal reforms.
He further said “Our society voluntarily got rid of obsolete laws, bad customs and traditions, as we know that if they become stereotypes they pose a hindrance to progress”.
The Prime Minister concluded by saying, Underlining the supremacy of the Constitution, the Prime Minister said that the Constitution is the origin of the judiciary, legislature and executive. “Be it the government, Parliament, our courts, all three are, in a way, the children of the same mother. So even though the functions are different, if we look at the spirit of the constitution, there is no scope for argument or competition. Like the children of a mother, all three have to serve Maa Bharati, together they have to take India to new heights in the 21st century”.
Union Minister of Law & Justice, Shri Kiren Rijiju and Union Minister of State for Law & Justice, Shri S P Singh Baghel were those present on occasion among others.