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PM Modi makes strong pitch for use of local languages in courts to connect with people

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the Chief Justices and Chief Ministers conference today to help in preparing a roadmap for a time-bound judicial delivery system

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the Chief Justices and Chief Ministers conference today to help in preparing a roadmap for a time-bound judicial delivery system and emphasised the need to encourage the use of local languages in courts.

"We need to encourage local languages in courts. This will not only increase the confidence of common citizens in the justice system but they will feel more connected to it," PM Modi said at the joint conference.

He said that the focus should be on the creation of a judicial system in which justice is quick and easily available to everyone.

PM Modi also pointed out that the Centre had abolished 1,450 archaic laws that had become irrelevant in the country to make life easier for people but the states had abolished only 75 such laws. 

The Prime Minister pointed out that while the judiciary is the custodian of the Constitution, the legislature has the mandate to represent the aspirations of the people.

"In our country, while the role of the judiciary is that of the guardian of the constitution, the legislature represents the aspirations of the citizens. I believe that this confluence of these two will prepare the roadmap for an effective and time-bound judicial delivery system in the country," he observed.

PM Modi said that the "75 years of India's independence have clarified the roles and responsibilities of the judiciary and executive".

"Wherever necessary, this relation between judiciary and executive has evolved to give direction to the country," he added.

The Prime Minister also underlined the need for a digital judicial system to empower citizens.

"To strengthen citizens, technology has become an important tool. Likewise, our judicial infrastructure needs to be digitalised too. Tech-friendly human resources play an important role in integrating Digital India with the nation's growth story. Blockchain, cyber security, robotics, AI (Artificial Intelligence) all are being taught in colleges," he pointed out.

"Today, digital transactions are becoming common in small towns and villages. Out of all the digital transactions that took place in the world last year, 40 per cent of them took place in India," he said.

Those attending the conference include Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.

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