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Courts Overloaded, Govt Needs to Stop Filing So Many Cases: Policy

National Litigation Policy proposal suggesting less number of litigations from government passed through secretaries.

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Ajit Seth, Cabinet Secretary. (Photo: <a href="https://twitter.com/CimGOI/status/601790755934371840">twitter.com/CimGOI</a>)

The National Litigation Policy which seeks to reverse the trend of government being the biggest litigant has been cleared by a Committee of Secretaries and will now go to a ministerial panel.

The Committee chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, which met in New Delhi on Tuesday evening, cleared the Law Ministry proposal.

The proposal is now referred to an informal group of ministers comprising Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda.
-Government source to PTI

After being approved by the ministers’ panel, the National Litigation Policy, 2015 will be sent to the Union Cabinet for a final nod.

The proposed policy, which seeks to replace the one brought by the previous UPA government in 2010, will bring in a mechanism to reduce the number of government litigations.

This is done in a hope to make the government an efficient and responsible litigant and reduce the burden on courts.

The policy will also help all the Union Ministries and Departments define types of cases to be pursued in courts and those which need to be dropped after review.

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