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AC approves revamping of ICT set-up, VC project for High Court

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JAMMU: The Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the Chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha approved revamping of ICT Setup and Video Conferencing Project of High Court of J&K at an estimated cost of Rs.61.78 Crores, an official spokesman said Saturday.

The project shall be executed after considering the observation of Technical Appraisal Committee (TAC) and in Principle agreed by the High Court. The High Court may consider reimbursement of amount under e-Court Mission Mode Project-II as per procedure provided therein.

This project has been necessitated by the fact that recent times have noticed a paradigm shift for legal proceedings. The physical presence has been getting replaced by virtual presence through the use of newer technologies. Digital transformation is helping to improve the justice system and it is expected that virtual collaboration should remain a permanent part of it, he said.

The instant project includes various interventions like Hybrid Courtrooms, Connected Courts, Next Generation Network, Connectivity, Audio Setup etc. that incorporates both in-person and online aspects of Court communications. The aim and objective of project is to provide speedy justice to the litigants of the UT at lower cost.

In another decision the AC approved enhancement of the cadre strength of District Judges (Selection Grade) to 35% from existing 25% and District Judges (Super Time Scale) to 15% from existing 10% w.e.f  01-01-2020 in view of the recommendations of Second National Judicial Pay Commission (SNJPC).

This proposal of Law Department was approved by AC to implement the Second National Judicial Pay Commission recommendations, which has been accepted by the Supreme Court in Case WP( Civil) No. 643/2015  titled All India Judges Association Vs Union Of India and Ors.

Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India vide its communication No. L-19018/1/2017-Jus-I dated 08-08-2023 has also conveyed the approval of the competent authority regarding implementation of the recommendations of Second National Judicial Pay Commission (SNJPC).

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor; Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary; Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to LG attended the meeting, the spokesman added.


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