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Law min spends Rs 634 crore out of two-year 1,470 crore budget to improve judicial infrastructure

The government has allocated Rs 1,470 crore ($323m) to “modernise judicial infrastructure” and “improve judicial infrastructure”, according to a law ministry press release.

Approximate Rs 634 crore has been utilised at the state level out of the Rs 1,470 crores budget outlay as part of the Eleventh Five Year Plan period of 2007-2010 while the balance amount is yet to be dispersed until 2012, said law and justice minister Veerappa Moily in a written communication to the Lok Sabha members yesterday.

The Government has also accepted the recommendations of the Thirteenth Finance Commission to grant Rs 5,000 crore to the states for improving the justice delivery system in the country with the first instalment of Rs 500 crore already having been released.

The Press Information Bureau stated: “With the help of these grants, the States can, inter-alia, set up morning/evening/shift /special magistrates’ courts, organise more Lok Adalats and strengthen mediation with a view to reduce court pendencies.

“Budgetary requirements for further augmenting the resources of the State Governments for improvement in justice delivery system have been estimated and projected for enhancing the allocation which will be utilised inter alia for development of infrastructural facilities for the judiciary, setting up of Gram Nyayalayas, computerisation of District and Subordinate Courts in the country and for upgradation of ICT infrastructure of the Supreme Court and the High Courts.”

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