Warangal: Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana said here on Sunday that there is no response from the Center so far on the proposal to set up a Judicial Infrastructure Corporation and provide financial assistance to lawyers who have lost their livelihood due to COVID-19.
After inaugurating the court complex in Telangana’s Warangal, Justice Ramana said the proposal for setting up of Judicial Infrastructure Corporation and mobile internet facility in rural areas were sent in July and June, however these have not been acted upon.
Justice Ramana said, ‘But it is expected that the Central Government will bring a bill for the formation of Judicial Infrastructure Corporation in the ongoing winter session of Parliament itself.’
Expressing a sense of dissatisfaction, Justice Ramana said, ‘I have asked the Center to financially help the families of lawyers who have lost their livelihood due to COVID-19. There is no proper reply from the government till now. There has also been no reply regarding setting up of infrastructure. Whenever I get a chance, I raise these issues in different forums when the Prime Minister and the President are present.
He said, ‘There are three issues in the country, lack of basic infrastructure, increase the number of judges and financial help should be given to qualified lawyers. If we remove these problems only then we will be able to reach the people. Only then will access to justice make sense.
Justice Ramana said that the reason for increasing cases is not only the shortage of judges but also the need of infrastructure to deal with it. Without providing the necessary infrastructure, it is not reasonable to expect judges and lawyers to meet in a dilapidated court building and deliver justice. The government, especially the center, should take cognizance of this.
The CJI said that he has written to the Center and the Law Minister to set up mobile network vans for lawyers in rural areas so that they can digitally participate in court proceedings.
He said that lawyers who live in cities and towns can attend court proceedings through video conference. But advocates from rural areas who cannot afford the network will eventually lose their profession.
According to the Times of India, Justice Ramana said that lawyers can avoid the virtual challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The problem is not over yet,” he said.
Along with this, he also appealed to all the lawyers of the country to keep in mind that it was the lawyers who fought and won the freedom struggle of the country and should always be ready to work for the society. He said, ‘Don’t give up that part of your life.’
Underlining the present reality, he said that in today’s society many lawyers have left social service.
(with input from news agency language)
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