Bhiwani: Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday claimed Haryana is the leading state in the country in terms of judicial infrastructure and has taken initiatives to implement all kinds of reforms in the field.
Highlighting steps taken by the government to strengthen judicial infrastructure in the state, the Chief Minister said the first Mobile Court of the country had been set up in Mewat.
Similarly, evening courts had also been established in Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hisar and Karnal, he said addressing members of the District Bar Association here after inaugurating the newly constructed extension block of the Judicial Complex constructed at a cost of Rs 11.22 crore.
Apart from this, the state government had accorded approval for setting up 96 more evening courts.
"As many as 39 Courts and 19 Jails in the state had been equipped with the facility of video conferencing," he said.
The Chief Minister said with a view to providing free legal assistance to maximum number of people, the state government had decided to increase the annual income limit from Rs one lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh for this purpose.
He said 6,676 Lok Adalats had been organized in the state so far in which about 12.62 lakh cases had been settled.
Stressing upon speedy delivery of justice, Hooda said justice delivered on time was real justice and asked people associated with the judiciary to make efforts to provide cheap, easy and prompt justice, he said.
He said with a view to strengthening the judicial system in the state, Rs 124 crore has been provided by 13th Finance Commission.
During the last seven years, an amount of about Rs 175 crore has been spent to develop the judicial infrastructure in the State while work on Rs 100 crore projects were in progress, he added.
Hooda also laid the foundation stone of District Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre to be constructed in the same complex at a cost of Rs 1.40 crore.
Such Centres would be set up in 14 districts of the state, he said.
Justice SK Mittal, Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court who is also the Chairman of Building Construction Committee (Haryana), said that during the last one decade, 17 new Judicial Complexes had been constructed in the State and in the same series, a Model Judicial Complex would be constructed in Gurgaon with an investment of Rs 130 crore.
Hooda later paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru on his death anniversary.