Acting on the Centres piece of legislation,the state law department will set up 18 Gram Nyalayas or rural courts in one block of each of the 18 districts of West Bengal to facilitate and benefit people living in the villages.
Rabilal Moitra,state Judicial and Law minister,said though it would take some time to set up these courts,the gram nyalayas will deal with both criminal and civil cases.
After the Centre enacted the Gram Nayalaya Act,2008 which came into force from October 2,2009,it had asked the state governments to prepare a year-wise plan for setting up such courts.
Moitra said this after a regional meeting of law ministers of four states Bengal,Orissa,Jharkhand and Bihar in Kolkata on Sunday which was chaired by Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily. With Jharkhand under Presidents rule,the state was not represented by its law minister. The meeting where the ministers discussed the implementation of the 13th Finance Commission for improving the justice delivery system was also attended by chief justices of Calcutta,Patna,Ranchi and Cuttack.
After the meeting,Moily said it was an interactive sessions with Chief Justices and other judges and law ministers on various issues but no decision was taken in the meeting,as it was only an exercise to collect views and opinions on various issues.
The issues of e-projects,All India Judicial Services,progress of fast track courts,setting up of evening and morning courts were also discussed. It was the second regional meeting after the first meet at Guwahati in June.
The next regional meeting would held at Chennai on July 4. On the issue of undertrials lodged in jails,Moily said the government was concerned on the issue. According to a government document,two lakh persons are lodged in jails for several years because of delay in the justice delivery system. Out of 3 lakh undertrials,only 30 per cent were convicted and imprisoned.