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Funds Crunch Hits Judicial Infra

While the State Government was expecting over Rs.100 Crore allocation for Infrastructure Development activities like Construction, Repair and Renovation of Court Rooms across Odisha, Centre has allocated only over Rs.35 Crore for the year 2019-20.


While much emphasis is given on development of infrastructural facilities of the Court Buildings in the State, share of the Centre for this Fiscal has not been released till date though there is hardly one month is left in 2018-19.

And the Ministry of Law & Justice has intimated State Government about the allocation of Rs.35.69 Crore to Odisha for next Fiscal 2019-20.

Government of India in Ministry of Finance has allocated Rs.710 Crore during 2019-20 for the entire country for this purpose, said sources.

State Government had made Budgetary Provision of Rs.100 Crore for the Financial Year 2018-19 from its own resources to take up infrastructure development of the Court Buildings.

This was to be done under Centrally Sponsored Scheme and the Program is funded 60:40 Basis. Union Government is supposed to release it share in phases from April onwards.

However till date Central Share has not been received by the State Government, admits a senior officer in Department of Home.

Looking at the requirement, State Government had submitted Action Plan of Rs.50 Crore, while making budgetary allocation for this Fiscal.

Though budget allocation was made in anticipation that the Union Government will release its share, but as funds flow from Centre is not forthcoming, taking up project work is posing a problem, admit officials.

In order to ensure speedy Justice, there is urgent need for Court Buildings to be set up in Rural Areas of the State.

State Government has impressed upon the Union Government to considering leverage of more funds for opening more Gramnalayas in the State and construction of such Court Buildings in Rural Pockets of the State will ensure speedy Justice, officials say.

Another issue like establishment of Special Courts is bothering the State due to funds constraints.
 
Government of India has been asking the State Government for establishment of Special and Designated Courts under various Central Acts and Rules.

The High Court of Orissa is placing proposals for creation of posts and man power to that effect.

However with limited resources available at the State Government such proposals are difficult to implement.

Under this backdrop, Union Government was impressed upon to make provision for funds for both man power and infrastructure development of the Judiciary, said sources.

From time to time by the directions of Supreme Court of India on different interlocutory applications, State Government is constrained to find recourses for compliance of the orders and directions of the Apex Court, officials admit.

Accordingly the Union Government has been impressed upon to provide recurring and non recurring expenditure in the event of appointment of Adhoc Judges for downsizing the burgeoning number of pending cases
 


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