Govt. is a Litigant in around 46% of pending 3 Crore Cases.
PM Narendra Modi on 31st October had summarized the govt. major role in a clogged judicial system by saying that the judiciary spends its max. time on us & us means the government, not Modi.
Modi’s comment wasn’t unexpected. In the backdrop, his office is quietly working on Judicial reform & recently, a Joint Secretary in the PMO (Prime Minister Office) wrote to various concerned ministries seeking suggestions on certain steps with a view to reduce pendency & reduce the govt. litigation.
The PMO is pressing hard for providing information expeditiously
Since, govt. litigation constitutes about 46% of all the court cases, the PMO is pushing the national litigation policy & judicial reform under the supervision of the Law Ministry.
Time to Re-write The Rules
PMO has received suggestions from various groups, policymakers and stakeholders. The Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry in a letter to PM Modi has asked for making amendments in the food adulteration act and making economic & civil crimes punishable by a special police force as done in the metro cities.
Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & industry wrote to PM Narendra Modi, “Law Ministry & SC should sit together to evaluate the system of working of the courts”.
According to a note given by the Ministry of Commerce, the commercial lawsuits between businesses in Indian Courts is among the lengthiest, complex & costly . It takes about 1,420 days to enforce a contract in India and costs around 39.6 % of the claim value and there is recommendation to ease the burden on judicial system is to set up specialized commercial fast track courts similar to that of tax.