Providing speedy justice to the people nearer to their homes in a cost-effective manner was essential for making a better and vibrant society. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing a public meeting at Thunag in Seraj Vidhan Sabha area of Mandi district today after inaugurating Court of Civil Judge-cum-JMIC Thunag in the august presence of Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Mr. Justice L. Narayana Swami.
Chief Minister said that this was a historic day for the people of Thunag in particular and Seraj Vidhan Sabha in general that they have got a Civil Court in their area. He said that till now the people of the area had to travel all the way to Mandi for seeking justice and that was not only time consuming but also the people had to spend a lot money. He said that the Court would cover a population about of 50,000 persons and help them in seeking justice. He said that the State Government would ensure that the Judicial Complex and Court comes up at Thunag soon to ensure better facilities to the judicial officers and people.
Jai Ram Thakur said that all this was possible due to the active cooperation and assistance provided by the Himachal Pradesh High Court. He said that the social structure and composition of the State in the earlier days was in such a way that the people would sort out their differences amicably and through mutual dialogue. He said that but with the progress and urbanization, this system got eroded and people started knocking doors of courts at times even for petty issues. He said that the people of the State have deep faith in Courts and Courts have also upheld this faith of the people.
Chief Minister said that the State of Himachal Pradesh has recently completed fifty years of the Statehood on 25th January, 2021. He said that the State has achieved several milestones during its glorious journey of 50 years. He said that the younger generation must be educated about this eventful journey of the State. He said the State was planning to organize the golden jubilee year in a befitting manner.
Jai Ram Thakur also congratulated the newly elected members of the Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies. He said that as the elections were over the people should now collectively work to ensure progress and development of their respective areas. He said that the Corona pandemic has adversely affected the world economy and now it was our duty to work with greater efforts to make up for this slowdown. He also asked the officers and officials to work with renewed zeal to achieve the desired results.
Chief Minister announced Rs 5 lakh to the Bar Association for creating basic facilities in the Court to facilitate the advocates.
Later, the Chief Minister also inaugurated Sub Employment Exchange at Thunag.
Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Mr. Justice L. Narayana Swami said that our Constitution has given a mandate for speedy justice to all our citizens. He said that if people are forced to travel a long distance to seek justice it hinders justice, which was against the spirit of our Constitution. He said that Mobile Courts, Lok Adalat and Gram Adalats were functioning today to ensure speedy and cost-effective justice to the people. He said that the Court at Thunag would go a long way in achieving the desired results.
Judge of HP High Court Mr. Justice Sureshwar Thakur congratulated the people of the area for getting a Civil Judge Court in their area. He also urged the people to uphold their rich cultural and tradition and feel proud of the same. He said that this would also help in maintaining cordial relations between each other. He said that this Court would also motivate the younger generations to pursue Law and legal professions.
District and Sessions Judge R.K. Sharma welcomed the Chief Minister, Chief Justice and other dignitaries present on the occasion. He said that it was an honour for the people of the area that Chief Minister and Chief Justice have come for dedicating Court of Civil Judge at Thunag. He said that it was important that the people get easy justice and this Court would go a long way in providing easy and quick justice to the public of about 35 panchayats of the area.
Deputy Commissioner Rugved Thakur presented vote of thanks.
Wife of Chief Minister and Chairperson Hospital Red Cross Society Dr. Sadhna Thakur, wife of Mr. Justice L. Narayana Swami, Venaja K. Swami, Advocate General Ashok Sharma, Registrar General HP High Court Varinder Singh, Additional District and Sessions Judge Aparna Sharma, Additional District and Session Judge Sundernagar Hans Raj, Additional District and Sessions Judge Harish Sharma, Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri, local BJP leaders Bhagirath Sharma, Gulzari Lal, Nokh Singh Thakur, Gulab Singh, Khemdesi, Rajni Thakur were also present on the occasion.