Published On: Thu, Jun 4th, 2015

Secretaries’ panel clears litigation policy

New Delhi: The National Litigation Policy which seeks to reverse the trend of government being the biggest litigant has been cleared by a Committee of Secretaries and will now go to a ministerial panel.

Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth

Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth

The Committee chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, which met here on Tuesday evening, cleared the Law Ministry proposal.

It 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, sources in the government told PTI.

After being approved by the ministers’ panel, the National Litigation Policy, 2015 will be sent to the Union Cabinet for a final nod.

Soon after the Narendra Modi government came to power in May last year, it had identified reducing government litigations as one of its priorities in a bid to streamline the judicial system of the country.

The proposed policy, which seeks to replace the one brought by the previous UPA government, will bring in a mechanism to reduce government litigation and to make it an efficient and responsible litigant.

The UPA government had launched the policy in 2010 but it could not be implemented in totality. Now, the present government is working on it 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.

PTI

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