LEH, JUNE 18: Justice Tashi Rabstan, Judge of High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh and Administrative Judge for Leh and Kargil districts, today chaired a meeting regarding ongoing under construction projects of judicial infrastructure in the UT of Ladakh here at Leh.
The meeting was attended by Pawan Kotwal, Principal Secretary, Ladakh, Ajit Kumar Sahu, Commissioner Secretary, General Administration, Ladakh, Kacho Mehboob Ali Khan, Administrative Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs Department, Ladakh, Parkash Tanoch, Chief Engineer, PWD, D C Rajat Kumar, Additional Secretary, Finance Department, Rajesh Kumar Shavan, Managing Director, JKPCC, Stanzin Donsal, Senior Accounts Officer, Law Department, Ladakh, Lakshay Singhal, Joint Director, Handicrafts, Ladakh besides O P Bhagat, Principal District Judge, Leh, Amit Kumar Gupta, Coordinator (Incharge) Mediation and Conciliation Committee, High Court of J&K and Ladakh and Chemit Yurgyal, Munsiff, Khaltsi.
The meeting had adetailed review of status regarding construction of Guest House at Leh, District Court Complex, Melongthang, Leh, Munsiff Court, Khaltsi, District Court Complex, Khurbathang, Kargil, Munsiff Court with residential quarters at Sankoo, Padam (Zanskar) and Drass, Kargil.
Administrative Judge was informed that the allotted amount of Rs.2.68 crore for construction of Guest House at Leh has been spent in the first phase of the project while administrative approval regarding allotment of funds to the tune of Rs.6.70 crore is awaited.
Dr. Kotwal assured the Administrative Judge that the approval for allotment of additional funds shall be expedited and within a day or two, the same shall be accorded.
Justice Rabstan highlighted the need for construction of a Dispensary at District Court Complex, Leh and allotment of additional land at Sankoo and Zanskar keeping in view the future expansion of Courts at both the said places. Furthermore, construction of ADR Centre at Kargil was also impressed upon and the Chief Engineer, PWD was directed to prepare the DPR for the same.
Justice Rabstan also issued directions to the Administrative Secretary Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs Department, for creation of Family Courts at Leh and Kargil besides appointment of staff and engagement of Councilors which is the basic requirement under the Act.
The issue regarding construction of a Judicial Academy Complex to up-skill the legal knowledge of judicial as well as revenue officers was also highlighted and discussed in the meeting.
Chief Engineer, PWD informed the Administrative Judge that foundation work of main building of the District Court Complex at Kargil has been completed and as soon as the required funds are allotted, further constructions shall start.
Dr. Pawan Kotwal also informed that the letter of acceptance regarding construction of court and residential quarters at Sankoo has been issued and the necessary approval shall be accorded in near future.
Additional Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies informed Justice Tashi Rabstan that the notification regarding creation of Consumer Forums at District and UT Level has been issued and the selection of Presiding Officers as well as members of the said Forums shall start soon.
Dr. Kotwal assured the Judge that the funds for purchase of books for all the Courts existing in the UT of Ladakh shall be released immediately and all other issues pertaining to the judicial infrastructure for administration of justice in the UT of Ladakh shall be resolved with utmost dispatch.
Justice Rabstan appreciated the efforts of all the officers of UT administration for taking keen interest and immediately responding to the issues pertaining to judicial infrastructure.