New Delhi, November 26
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said fulfilling fundamental duties should be the first priority of citizens to take India to greater heights as she marches ahead towards the centenary of its Independence.
Addressing the Constitution Day celebrations at the Supreme Court here, Modi said the entire world was looking at India which was witnessing rapid development and economic growth.
“Be it an individual or institutions, our duties are our first priority. The Amrit Kaal is the era of duties for us,” the PM said as he quoted Mahatma Gandhi to emphasise the importance of fundamental duties.
Fundamental rights were those responsibilities that should be fulfilled by citizens with utmost dedication and true integrity, he added.
In the presence of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, Supreme Court judges and lawyers, Modi launched new initiatives under the e-court project, which provides services to litigants, lawyers and the judiciary through information and communication technology-enabled courts. These included ‘virtual justice clock’, ‘JustIS’ mobile app 2.0, digital court and ‘S3WaaS’ websites.
Virtual Justice Clock exhibits vital statistics of the justice delivery system at the court level giving details of the cases filed, disposed and pendency of cases on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
JustIS Mobile App 2.0 is a tool available to judicial officers for effective court and case management by monitoring pendency and disposal.
Digital court is aimed at making court records available to judges in digitised form to enable courts to go paperless.
S3WaaS Websites stands for Secure, Scalable and Sugamya websites. It provides a framework to generate, configure, deploy and manage websites for publishing specified information and services related to district courts.
Modi also paid tributes to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks that took place in 2008 on the Constitution Day.
Talking about the contributions of 15 female members of the Constituent Assembly, Modi said “One of them was Dakshayani Velayudhan who belonged to a backward section of society. She had made important interventions on many issues related to the Dalits and people belonging to the lower strata. People like Durgabai Deshmukh, Hansa Mehta, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and many other female members made important contributions on the issues related to women.”
Lamenting that their contributions were rarely discussed, the PM said, “When our youth would understand their contributions, they would get answers to their questions. It would also raise a spirit of allegiance in them which would strengthen the democracy, the constitution and the future of this country.”
“The words ‘We The People’ in the Preamble of our Constitution are not ordinary words, it’s an evocation, a pledge, a belief, it is the emotion which has been the mother of democracy”, Modi said.
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