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New Delhi, February 22, 2020
Emphasizing the need for technology to deliver speedy justice, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today 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 National Judicial Data Grid will also make court procedures easier. The synergy of artificial intelligence and human conscience will also give further impetus to judicial processes in India,” Modi said in his address to the International Judicial Conference.
Judges of the Supreme Court as well as various High Courts, eminent lawyers and delegates from overseas were among those who took part in the conference.
The Prime Minister stressed that this would be a decade of rapid changes not only in India but also the world. The changes taking place in the social, economic and technological fields should be based on logic, equitable justice. Hence the topic of this conference “Judiciary and The Changing World” was apt and significant, he said.
"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,” he said.
Referring to how the Mahatma refused a case as a lawyer when he had to pay commission to get it, the Prime Minister said that the Mahatma’s belief in honesty and service were owing to his upbringing and his study of the Indian traditions and culture.
India’s philosophy is based on the paradigm that “Law is King of Kings, Law is Supreme”. It is the belief in this philosophy that made all the 130 crore Indians accept in a calm and peaceful manner the recent judgements of the judiciary.
Quoting Dr B R Ambedkar that "Constitution is not a mere lawyer's document, it is a vehicle of life and its spirit is always a spirit of the age", he said this sentiment has been carried forward by the courts and kept alive by the legislature and the 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,” he added.
The Prime Minister emphasized that about 1500 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.
He 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.
He 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 the mines.
He also highlighted that today, India was one of the few countries in the world that gives 26 weeks of paid 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. India has shown that along with the creation of infrastructure, the environment can also be protected.