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Swachh Nyayalaya Project Should Also Deal With Garbage, Weeding Out Old Files: Justice Lokur

Under the project ‘Swachh Nyayalaya’, the issues related to maintenance and cleanliness of washrooms in over 16000 courtrooms and will provide user-friendly toilets for male, female and differently abled users

Swachh Nyayalaya Project Should Also Deal With Garbage, Weeding Out Old Files: Justice Lokur

New Delhi: Supreme Court Judge Madan B Lokur on Friday said besides construction and maintenance of washrooms in over 16,000 courtrooms, a mechanism needs to be devised to deal with garbage and also to weed out old case files. He was speaking at a pre-launch function of ‘Swachh Nyayalaya project, which would be inaugurated on the occasion of Law Day on November 26 by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. The project, which is ostensibly on the lines of the Centre’s flagship scheme Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, would be undertaken by NITI Aayog and the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation along with the Department of Justice and would include construction of new toilets in court complexes in the country, besides maintaining existing ones.

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So really the idea behind this Swachh Nyayalaya is to have those general clean up in terms of maintenance, in terms of housekeeping issues, of course, providing toilets, washrooms and all that is one of the aspects of housekeeping and maintenance but equally important are issues of garbage disposal, Justice Lokur said.

He stressed the need to take up the project in “broad perspective” and said it should not remain confined to toilets and washrooms only. “You see we have a process of weeding out of files, so when a case gets disposed of, it is not that it is going to be there forever. Of course, there are certain categories of cases which needs to be there forever, which are of historical importance, and so on but if you are in a position to weed out the files on a regular basis, there is a lot of space that can be generated,” Justice Lokur said.

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He then gave the example of the apex court and said that by weeding out old and unnecessary files, a large bar room has been made here. Justice Lokur did not agree with the deadline of 2020 fixed by government agencies to complete the Swachh Nyayalaya project and said that it can be completed within a span of six months and asked the agencies to include PWD also with the project. The function, in which a presentation was made about the project, was attended by the CJI and justices Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri. Niti Ayog head Amitabh Kant also addressed the gathering. The ambitious project would cover all the Supreme Court, all the high courts and 3,388 subordinate courts and would incur a cost of Rs 500 crore. Under the project, toilets for people with disabilities and male and female lawyers and litigants would be built. These toilets will be equipped with vending machines that will dispense sanitary napkins, toilet paper, band-aids, etc. Garbage segregation in courts is also being planned.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

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