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Secretaries’ board to authorize litigation policy

News

  • The proposed National Litigation Policy (NLP), which seeks to reverse the trend of the government being the biggest litigant, has been cleared by a committee of secretaries.
  • And will now go to a ministerial panel.
  • The Committee chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, which met on Tuesday evening, cleared the law ministry proposal.
  • NLP has now been referred to a high-powered informal group of ministers comprising Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda.
  • After being approved by the ministers’ panel, NLP 2015 will be sent to the Union Cabinet for a final nod.

Government and NLP

  • Soon after the Narendra Modi government came to power in May last year, it had identified reducing of government litigation as one of its priorities, in a bid to streamline the judicial system of the country.
  • The proposed policy,will bring in, a mechanism to reduce government litigation and make it an efficient and responsible litigant.
  • This proposed policy, which seeks to replace the one brought by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
  • The UPA government had launched the policy in 2010 but could not implement it in totality.

Benefits

  • The present government is working to reduce the burden of the courts for better deliverance.
  • The policy will help all the Union Ministries and Departments define types of cases to be pursued in courts and those which need to be dropped after review.
  • The policy suggests a mechanism to reduce filing of cases by or against the government.

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