A Parliamentary panel headed by Shri Shantaram Naik M P is in Goa to study Goa’s law on compulsory registration of marriages in the
light of the The Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2012, under which, Parliament proposes to make registration of marriages compulsory all over India.
Shantaram Naik, M.P and Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee
on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice addressing a press
conference in Panaji on thursday. Also see in the pjotograph are Shri
Arjun Ram Meghwal, M.P, Shri Bhupender Yadav, M.P and Shri Deepak
Addressing a press conference today in Panaji Mr Naik said since Goa is governed by Portuguese law on the subject, which is considered to be an ideal law in the matter, the committee thought it fit that they should assess the views of the Government of Goa and Members of the bar and others on the subject.
Naik said that Law Secretary Pramod Kamat, State Registrar Pandharinath Bodke , Adv M S Joshi, representing Maharashtra Bar Council, Adv Joaquim Godinho, President Panaji Lawyers Forum, Adv Valmiki Menezes, President Goa High Court Bar Association, Adv Elrich D souza,
President, North Goa Bar Association , adv Gaurish and Goa State Women Commission Mrs Ezilda Sapecho appeared before the committee to express their views.
Naik said that since proceedings of the Committee are confidential, he cannot disclose more details till the report is submitted to Parliament.
Naik said that the committee is also presently taken up an issue, namely, “Status of Women Government Employees, Service Conditions, Protection against Exploitation, Incentives and other related issues” In this connection, Naik said, that the Committee heard the Chairperson of Mormugao Port Trust Pandiyan and chairman and MD of Goa Shipyard Ltd Rear Admiral (Retd) Vineet Bakhshi.
It may be recalled, that The Supreme Court of India has in an Judgement ,popularly called , Vishakha case, has laid down guidelines forall the department in the country to constitute committees for hearing the grievances of women in the matter of their harassment.
The committee took a stock of the arrangements made by the two institutions in the matters as also reviewed the service conditions of women employees like housing facilities, leave, transport and medical facilities.
Naik said that the Lok Sabha has already passed a law on the subject and , hopefully, during the next session, the Rajya Sabha too willapprove the bill. Naik said that during their sittings in Goa they took a review ofinfrastructure available for the subordinate courts in Goa.
This is a subject under consideration with the Committee. The subject matter is presently linked to the common man who wishes for a speedy and convenient dispensation of justice.
Realising this, the Central Government is implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for the development of infrastructural facilities in the subordinate Courts in the country, Mr Naik said.
Government’s initiatives include setting up of Gram Nyayalayas, Family Courts and the Special Courts, all aimed at speedy and convenient dispensation of justice.
The Committee had interaction on the subject with the Government of Goa, the representatives of Bar Council/Associations and some other stake holders, Mr Naik said.
Under the CSS, the State of Goa has been released grant of Rs. 799.93 crores, ever since the scheme came into being in 1993. Similarly, for the Fast Track Courts, the State of Goa has been released grant of Rs. 262.70 crores since 2001. The State of Goa has two Gram Nyayalayas. It, however, does not have any Family Court, Mr Naik said.
The Committee will be taking a similar exercise at Kochi on 5th January.