Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reaffirmed the State government’s commitment to provide the citizens access to justice. While inaugurating the new court building of Civil Judge Junior Division-cum-JMFC at Hinjilicut, the Chief Minister said Right to Justice is a fundamental right and his Government is committed to strengthen the justice delivery system.
The court was inaugurated jointly by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Chief Justice of Odisha High Court Justice Mohammed Rafiq on virtual platform.
Patnaik said despite the constraints of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the government has recently established four new courts in the state to decide commercial disputes. He also added that 45 courts have recently been established to exclusively try offences against women.
The Chief Minister added that the Government is working closely with the High Court to provide adequate funds for developing infrastructure to meet the requirements of judiciary.
Speaking that the Government is committed to protect the interests of lawyers’ community, he informed that the annual grant by the government to the “Odisha Advocates’ Welfare Fund” has recently been enhanced from Rs 3 crore to Rs 5 crore.
He added that the Government has taken the initiative of amending the provisions of Odisha Advocates Welfare Fund Act, 1961 to permit usage of such funds to provide financial assistance to the lawyers.
He hoped that the new infra will go a long way in fulfilling the aspirations of the people.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Justice of Odisha High Court thanked the State Government for providing the land for the new court building.
The Chief Justice said that quick redressal of justice is significant for an effective justice system. He further said that despite the restrictions posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the courts in Odisha are committed to provide justice to people. He informed that the Orissa High Court has disposed nearly 40 thousand cases by December 14, 2020.
Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra appreciated the Chief Minister’s efforts for an inclusive society and said that the new court building will help in taking the justice system to the doorsteps of the people.
Among others, Justice Biswajit Mohanty, Judge of Odisha High Court, Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra, MP Pramila Bisoi, 5T Secretary VK Pandian, Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Principal Secretary Home Sanjeev Chopra and Secretary Law Sashikanta Mishra were present at the programme.