Proposal on Nyaya Panchayats hits roadblock

The move to set up Nyaya Panchayats for providing speedy justice in rural areas has a hit a roadblock with the Law Ministry raising several queries, including the constitutional validity of the proposed legislation.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2011, 15:25 PM IST

New Delhi: The move to set up Nyaya Panchayats
for providing speedy justice in rural areas has a hit a
roadblock with the Law Ministry raising several queries,
including the constitutional validity of the proposed
legislation.

Minister of Panchayati Raj V Kishore Chandra Deo today
said in view of the development, no time frame has been fixed
for introduction of Draft Nyaya Panchayat Bill in Parliament.

The ministry had prepared a "Draft Nyaya Panchayat Bill to
provide for the establishment of Nyaya Panchayats, at the
level of every Gram Panchayat."

These Nyaya Panchayats were meant for providing a fair
and speedy justice, both civil and criminal, to the citizens
at their doorsteps.

"After taking in to consideration the comments received
from the concerned central ministries and departments and the
states/UTs, the draft Nyaya Panchayat Bill was forwarded to
the Ministry of Law and Justice for their inputs," Deo said in
reply to a question the Lok Sabha.

"However, that ministry has raised a number of points
including the basic question of constitutional validity of
bringing in the proposed legislation," Deo said referring to
Law Ministry`s objections.

Deo said that since the issues raised by the Law Ministry
were not expected to be resolved in the near future, no time
frame has been fixed for the introduction of the Draft Nyaya
Panchayat Bill in Parliament.

PTI