GUWAHATI, Feb 3 � Union Minister for Law and Justice�DV Sadananda Gowda today expressed his dissatisfaction with the functioning of the foreigners tribunals in the State and assured that his ministry would do the needful to make the mechanism more effective.
Addressing mediapersons at the State BJP head-office, Gowda said there was a need for more foreigners tribunals and promised that his ministry would take steps to ensure that the vacancies in the tribunals are filled up at the earliest as the foreigners issue was crucial for the State.
Gowda said his ministry was committed towards improvement of judiciary infrastructure and all other legal aspects in the State following the mandate and vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has accorded topmost priority to development of the North East.
�As part of modernisation of the Judiciary, we have initiated digitisation of the courts and by the end of March this year most of the courts of Assam will emerge as e-courts,� said Gowda, adding that out of the 287 courts in Assam, 283 courts had already been equipped with the necessary infrastructure for digitisation.
However, Gowda pointed out that Assam had not been able to fully utilise the funds allocated by the Union Law Ministry. �Utilisation of Central funds is not satisfactory in the case of Assam. Under the 13th Finance Commission, Assam was allotted Rs 120 crore and Rs 26 crore was released. However, the State could only utilise Rs 8.14 crore,� mentioned Gowda.
On the other hand, the Minister said that in order to bring the Judiciary in line with the challenges of time, it was important to ensure that every citizen had access to justice and that cases were disposed of speedily. He said that in view of the large number of pending cases in the country, it was time to strengthen the alternative dispute redressal mechanisms.