"Recruit law graduates in government departments"Staff Reporter
|It will help departments in drafting proposals: Narayanasamy|
New facility: Minister of State for Planning, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture V. Narayanasamy along with Chief Judge of Madras High Court M. Y. Eqbal unveiling the plaques to mark the construction of quarters and putting up of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the court premises in Puducherry on Wednesday. Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh and Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam are in the picture.
PUDUCHERRY: Union Minister of State for Planning, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture V. Narayanasamy has appealed to the territorial administration to recruit law graduates in government departments. Appointment of persons with legal background would help the departments in drafting proposals, he said.
He was addressing a gathering after unveiling plaques to mark the laying of foundation for construction of quarters for judicial officers and setting up of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the court complex here on Wednesday. Mr. Narayanasamy said that if proposals were clearly drafted, it could avoid the delay in getting vetted in the Law Department. He, along with Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, M.Y. Eqbal, unveiled the plaques in the presence of Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh and Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam.
Promising to look into the demands of the legal fraternity, he said the infrastructure needs of the court here would be addressed. Already, Union Minister for Law and Justice Veerappa Moily had sanctioned Rs. 10 crore for completing the civil works. To the demand on providing around 100 chambers in the court, he said it would be taken up with the Union Ministry of Law and Justice. He also appealed to the administration to provide stipend to lawyers in the beginning of their career.
The Lieutenant Governor said, "Judiciary in the country enjoys a very significant position since it has been made the guardian and custodian of the Constitution. It is a watchdog against violation of fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution and thus insulates all persons, Indians and aliens alike against discrimination, abuse of State power and arbitrariness."
Mr. Justice Eqbal said that he had requested the administration to construct a multi-storeyed building on the Madras High Court complex to house the Puducherry block.
"Once a building is constructed, there should be some lung space and that is why it is proposed to construct more floors than the original proposal and therefore, the Puducherry government should see to it that the required amount is sanctioned for the construction of the Puducherry block on the High Court campus," he said.
Appealing to advocates to impress upon their clients for settling disputes through mediation, Mr. Justice Eqbal said that by such referral for mediation, the lawyer need not have apprehension that the case was taken away. "In fact, the court will be referring the case for mediation to another advocate and that advocate is going to mediate the parties and thereby that another mediator will be given some remuneration by the Legal Services Authority. Now, the Bar Councils are convinced that Lok Adalat, Mediation and Arbitration are not supplement to their profession, but only complementary." Mr Justice Eqbal said.
Mr. Vaithilingam informed the gathering about the government's decision to provide health insurance coverage to judicial officers. They had to pay only a minimum amount as premium, he said, adding that the remaining amount would be paid by the government. Home Minister E. Valsaraj, Minister for Public Works M.O.H.F. Shahjahan and portfolio Judge for Puducherry and Executive Chairman of UTPLSA, Puducherry, D. Murugesan, spoke.
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