New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the International Judicial Conference in New Delhi. Distinguished Judges of the Supreme Court as well as various High Courts, eminent lawyers, and delegates from overseas also took part in the Conference. Cherishing his presence amongst the Judiciary, PM Modi pointed out that the Judicial Conference is taking place at the beginning of the 3rd decade of the 21st Century.
The PM stressed that this is the decade of rapid changes not only in India but also the world. He said the changes are taking place in social, economic and technological fields, and that they should be based on logic and equitable justice. “Hence the topic of this conference, ‘Judiciary and The Changing World’ is apt and significant,” said Modi.
“The Conference is also happening at the same time when the country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi,” the PM observed. Recalling how Gandhi refused his case when a lawyer had to pay commission to get it, Modi said Gandhi’s belief in honesty and service were owing to his upbringing and his study of the Indian traditions and culture.
The Prime Minister said India’s philosophy is based on the paradigm that ‘Law is King of Kings, Law is Supreme’, adding that it is the belief in this philosophy that made all 130 crore Indians accept in a calm and peaceful manner the recent judgements of the Judiciary.
Quoting BR Ambedkar’s statement, ‘Constitution is not a mere lawyer’s document, it is a vehicle of life, and its spirit is always a spirit of age’, Modi said that this sentiment has been carried forward by the courts of the country and kept alive by the Legislature and Executive.
“Understanding each other’s limitations, in the midst of all the challenges, many times the three Pillars of the Constitution have found the right path for the country. In the last five years, different institutions of India have strengthened this tradition,” Modi added.
The Prime Minister remarked that about 1,500 obsolete laws have been abolished in the country at a rapid pace and many new laws strengthening society have been enacted at the same pace.
Modi expressed his happiness that the theme of ‘Gender Just World’ has been introduced in this conference. “No country in the world, no society can make full development without gender justice, nor can it claim justice,” he said. The PM listed the changes made by the Government for bringing about gender balance, like the recruitment of women in military service, changes in the selection process of fighter pilots, and the freedom to work at night in mines. He also highlighted that today, India is one of the few countries in the world that gives 26 weeks of paid maternity leave to the country’s working women.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister thanked the judiciary for its balance between development and environment, and continued guidance in it. He added that India has shown that along with the creation of infrastructure, the environment can also be protected.
Emphasizing the need for technology to deliver speedy justice, Prime Minister Modi said the government has made an effort to connect every court of the country to the e-court Integrated Mission Mode Project. “The establishment of a National Judicial Data Grid will also make court procedures easier,” he said. The synergy of artificial intelligence (AI) and human conscience will also give further impetus to judicial processes in India, Modi added.
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