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Chhattisgarh Becomes First State To Have Commercial Dispute Resolution Centre And Commercial Court

First dedicated commercial court in the country inaugurated by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and Supreme Court judge Madan B. Lokur

India's first dedicated Commercial Dispute Resolution Centre and Commercial Court was inaugurated in Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh, by Dr Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, and Justice Madan B. Lokur of the Supreme Court of India.

Those present included Chhattisgarh High Court Chief Justice Deepak Gupta, Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice Naveen Sinha, State Industry Minister Amar Agrawal, Judges of High Court of Chhattisgarh, State Chief Secretary, Vivek Dhand, Principal Secretary Home, B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Principal Secretary Law, A.K.Samantray, Director General of Police, A.N. Upadhyay, Industry Secretary, Subodh Kumar Singh, CEO-NRDA Rajat Kumar and other senior State Government Officials.

The Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre is located in a dedicated, ultra-modern and large Commercial Court complex.

Video-conferencing, E-Court, E-Library, E-Filing and E-Summons are some of the facilities available for litigants through the new system.

Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand gave the welcome address and laid down succinctly how the State has progressed since its creation in the year 2000, to the current situation where it has been ranked 04th in the country (out of 32) in the year 2015, in the Ease of Doing Business ranking carried out by DIPP, GoI and the World Bank.

Navin Sinha, Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court, spoke about the quick response that he got about 2 months ago from the CM of Chhattisgarh, when the matter of setting up a dedicated Commercial Court first came up. He said that now when he has just taken a look at the dedicated Commercial Court complex and the facilities available therein, it's simply fabulous.

The Chief Justice of the High Court of Chhattisgarh, Deepak Gupta, said that Chhattisgarh is developing at a very fast pace. Large number of industries are coming up in the State. Efforts are also being made to establish commercial courts at the district-level. He said that on 10 June 2016, he came to Naya Raipur and inspected the land and building.

Showing Commitment

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh displayed his commitment and alacrity to ensure that in a mere 20 days, there was a huge building with Sate-of-the-Art facilities, handed over for commencing the operations of the dedicated commercial court.

Madan B. Lokur, a judge of the Supreme Court of India, in his address applauded the State Government for the development in the State in last decade. He said the commercial court in Chhattisgarh would not only ensure 'Ease of Doing Business' but 'Ease of Litigation' as well.

He appreciated the High Court of Chhattisgarh for not disturbing the existing court infrastructure and for ensuring that brand-new and totally separate infrastructure, have been put in place for the operations of the Commercial Court in Chhattisgarh.

Lokur said that if the Executive and Judiciary act in tandem, then anything can be achieved in a short period of time as is the proved in the case of establishment of dedicated Commercial Court at Raipur.

Commercial disputes can be redressed as early as possible with the help of judiciary. Lokur added that E-Court facility is provided at this court. He added Commercial Court will help in improving the judicial system. He appreciated the changing landscape and cityscape of the capital Raipur during the past 7-8 years.

He added that Chhattisgarh ranks fourth in the category of 'Ease of Doing Business' in the entire country. The State stands third in Judicial reforms also. He expressed confidence that Chhattisgarh will top the list in Judicial Reforms soon.

Lokur revealed that Chief Justice of India had expressed the desire that every State should have dedicated Commercial Courts and Commercial Disputes' Resolution Centers.

The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the judiciary for being sensitive to the requirement of the business and supporting the State's endeavor to promote business friendly environment and good governance. He said that such a proactive response from judiciary would motivate the State Government to work harder.

He mentioned that he had committed to the Chief Justice of India during a meeting at New Delhi in April this year, that Chhattisgarh would be the first State to have a state-of-the-art commercial court and he was happy that the commercial court could be inaugurated within three months of his commitment.

Technology And Connectivity
Singh said that modern technology should make the lives of common citizens more comfortable. He added that State Government had been taking steps in this direction earnestly.

Singh said that Information and Communication Technology are being used for the welfare of common citizens in Chhattisgarh. All the Gram Panchayats will be uplinked to Broadband Connectivity in the next two years. The users will be provided with 36 State Government services Online in the initial phase. The facility will be scaled up to provide, ore services in due course of time.

The Chief Minister added that Union Information Minister Ravishankar Prasad recently, on a visit to Chhattisgarh had linked Balrampur-Ramanujganj district's gram panchayats to an Internet facility.

Singh added that there is rapid progress in the State's industrial sector during the past 10 years. Several MoUs had been signed with global companies also. The Chief Minister said that ultra-modern facilities available at the court will facilitate the investors in resolving their commercial disputes.


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