Voting by Overseas Electors

Voting by Overseas Electors 

The Government is considering to allow the alternative options of voting to overseas electors in the form of (i) ‘e-Postal Ballot System’ which envisages making available bank postal ballot electronically to the NRI voters and thereafter return of the same by normal post and (ii) ‘proxy voting which would allow such voters to appoint a proxy after following certain formalities and exercise his franchise through the medium of the proxy so appointed. 

Since the proposal of amendment of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 and 1951 require consideration and approval of both the Houses of the Parliament, no time frame can be indicated. 

This information was given by Union Minister of Ministry of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 


Reforms in Guardianship and Custody Laws 

            The Law Commission in its 257th Report on May, 2015, titled “ Reforms in Guardianship and Custody Laws in India” has recommended for amendments in the Guardians and Wards Act, 1890 and the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956. The details of the recommendation are available on the website of the Law Commission

            Since the subject matter of the said Report falls under List-III Concurrent List of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution, comments/views of the State Governments and Union territory Administrations are being solicited. Hence, no time frame can be fixed to implement the said recommendations.

            This information was given by Union Minister of Ministry of  Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.


Electoral Reforms 

The Standing committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law & Justice is examining the matter in consultation with all stakeholders. 

The Law Commission has submitted its 255th Report on the issue of “Electoral Reforms”. However, the Law Commission has not recommended the ‘Right to reject’ and ‘Right to Recall’ in the said Report. 

The recommendations made by the Law commission in its 244th and 255th Report are under examination of Government. Since the matter involves in-depth deliberations with various stake-holders, it would be difficult to indicate specific time frame for implementation of the recommendations. 

This information was given by Union Minister of Ministry of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 


Directorate of Legal Education 

The Bar Council of India Vide their Resolution No.115/2012 have resolved to constitute a Directorate of Legal Studies and Law Reforms as well as Legal Education Committee. The aforesaid Directorate shall discuss and lay down the procedure for conducting, holding and administering the following functions :- 

(i) To monitor the All India Bar Examination; 

(ii) Continued Legal Education; 

(iii) Educational programmes in various centers of Legal Education and court premises; 

(iv) Moot Court competitions at National and international levels; 

(v) Scholarships to students; 

(vi) Discussions/ seminars on various issues; and 

(vii) Reforms in Legal Field, and to discuss any other issues assigned to it by the Bar Council of India. The gist of the discussion and the resolutions of the Directorate are to be placed the Legal Education Committee of Bar Council of India or before Bar Council of India for necessary action and final decision. 

The BCI has informed that the Directorate and Legal Education Committee is constituted, consisting of a sitting Judge of Hon’ble Apex court who happens to be the director-in-chief of the Directorate; 3 Hon’ble sitting Judges of different High Courts including that of a Delhi High court, are the members of the Directorate; Attorney General for India and Solicitor General of India, apart from them, Vice- Chancellors of 3 National Law Schools; reputed Senior Advocates of Supreme Court of India; some retired Judges and the Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice, Department of Legal Affairs, are the members of the Directorate. Other academicians of the country are also invited as a special invitee of the Director at the time of its meeting. The Directorate and Legal Education Committee discuss and deal with the continuing Legal Education, Teacher’s Training, advanced specialized courses, education programme for students, seminars and workshops, legal research and all other issues, revision of curriculum for the law Courses etc. 

The Bar Council of India itself is taking care of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education for development of professional skills, it undertakes training programmes and workshops for young lawyers frequently. 

This information was given by Union Minister of Ministry of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 


Law Colleges 

The Bar Council of India, a statutory body under the Advocates Act, 1961 (25 of 1961) has informed that they had received 116 new proposals (including three proposals from the State of Andhra Pradesh for fresh approval) for setting up new law colleges for the year 2015-16 in which 79 applications were considered for inspection since they submitted all required documents. So far 72 law colleges have been inspected by the Bar Council of India and the matter of approval of affiliation has been considered for 64 law colleges by the Legal Education committee of the Bar council of India at its meeting held on 26th April, 2015 and 27th May, 2015 respectively and the communication has also been sent to the concerned law colleges. The bar Council of India has further informed that remaining 7 law colleges (4 in Assam, Meghalaya, etc., 1 in Karnataka, 1 in Chhattisgarh and 1 in Kolkata) will be inspected within a short period of time. 

The Bar Council of India has informed that the communication has been sent to law colleges and concerned Universities and State Bar Councils including Higher Education Departments of concerned States. Most of the law colleges have started their admission process. 

This information was given by Union Minister of Ministry of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

Two members of Anglo-Indian Community nominated to Lok Sabha 

The President has nominated Prof. Richard Hay and Mr. George Baker as members of the Anglo-Indian Community to the Lok Sabha, today. 


Spirit of Public Service is the essence of Prasar Bharati : Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore 

Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore inaugurates symposium on the occasion of Broadcasting Day 

Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, MoS, I&B has said that the public service motto of Prasar Bharati had stood out within the institutional framework of information dissemination. The public service mandate Prasar Bharati had enabled it to live up to the role & challenges of fair and balanced reporting. Col. Rathore stated this while inaugurating the symposium on “Naye Bharat Ki Rachna Aur Prasaaran Maadhyam” on the occasion of Indian Broadcasting Day organized by Prasar Bharati here today. 

Elaborating further, the Minister said the government was committed towards strengthening Prasar Bharati. In the changing media scenario and rapid technological developments Prasar Bharati had a major responsibility to take news and information to the remotest corners of the country. Government was committed to expansion of FM Radio through the Phase III auctions and to provide the better quality transmission. The Minister said that Government was making efforts to replace shortwave and Medium wave with FM broadcasts throughout the country. 

Regarding Community Radio Col. Rathore said that steps were being taken to encourage and strengthen Community Radio Movement as it empowered local communities by encouraging local languages and local talent and information dissemination. 

Recalling many distinguished individuals who made a mark through the medium of radio, Col. Rathore underlined the uniqueness of the medium saying helps us stay connected with the world without getting distracted. Radio has been producing news that is neural, balanced and fair. Appreciating the quality of the news of the Public Broadcaster Col. Rathore said that it was the best medium for news as well as entertainment. 

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