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itat e-dwar’ Portal | Improved access to Justice

As a nation, India has valiantly tackled the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak. Several measures have been undertaken to enable targeted distribution of benefits and facilities by making processes simpler, faster and rational.

Transforming the power of technology, recently, the Union Minister for Law & Justice has launched the e-filing portal of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, ‘itat e-dwar’. The newly developed e-Filing Portal would enable the parties to file their appeals, miscellaneous applications, documents, and paper books electronically. Let’s get to know more about this portal. E-Filing Portal ‘itat e-dwar’ will enhance the accessibility, accountability and transparency in the day to day working of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal. It would not only lead to the economization of the use of paper and savings in costs but will also lead to quicker disposal of cases. Launching the Portal, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad explained the power of Digital India. He suggested that the cases of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal should also be integrated with the National Judicial Data Grid where more than 18 crore cases are already available. Further, a plan has also been announced to set up paperless courts in the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal with a pilot project being undertaken at the Delhi Benches. By using the tools of information and communication technology, various benches of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal have functioned and kept up the activity of judicial dispensation even during Corona times. Now, let’s develop more understanding of Digital India and its significant achievements in the judicial system. Digital India means empowering an ordinary Indian with the power of technology and with the help of digitization, Judicial procedures have been strengthened across the country. It is worth noting that despite the restricted functioning of Benches, the adoption of video conferencing has brought down the pendency of cases to about 64,500 as against 88,000 on 1st April 2020. This video conferencing facility has been provided in more than 800 jails so that the undertrials are able to appear before the courts without the police having to bring them physically to the courts. Moreover, to bring transparency in the land-related disputes, the Ministry is planning to enable a nationwide launch of linking of e-Courts with land records and registration databases. Besides, to safeguard Nari Shakti, 1,023 Fast Track Special Courts including 389 exclusive POCSO Courts have been set up for time-bound completion of the trials. Amidst the pandemic, more than 49000 pending cases of the POCSO Act have been disposed of by the Courts. Also, the number of Common Service Centres has grown tremendously from 75,000 to 4 lakhs and with the help of these centres, around 9 lakh pieces of advice have been delivered during the last 4 years through the Tele Law Programme. As a revolutionary court information tool, the Supreme Court’s e-Committee has also released a Manual for “e-Courts Services Mobile App” in 14 languages. Moreover, the introduction of Lok Adalats and E-Lok Adalats has marked the sign of a new era in the judicial system which has brought improved access to justice for all. Digital India has positioned the country as a world leader. Let’s get to know, How? Using the power of Digital India, nearly 129 crores of the Indian population has been enrolled for Aadhaar which is the digital identity to supplement one’s physical identity and around 40 crore bank accounts have been opened for the poor and linked to Aadhar. Further, the approach towards Digital India has enabled a Direct Benefit Transfer of Rs 16.7 lakh crores to the accounts of the poor and needy, thus saving Rs 1.78 lakh crores which was, otherwise, being siphoned off by middlemen. These developments should be seen as a larger narrative of transformation that the country is undergoing through the digital medium as it enables innovation, empowerment and opens new avenues of growth for the citizens. Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Instagram: Join us on Telegram: Follow us on Koo:…


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