03 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Minister of State (MoS) for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra today informed that efforts are underway to provide simultaneous video conferencing facilities at district and subordinate courts and corresponding jails at Angul and Nayagarh districts.
"Process is underway to start the facility in some jails. The department will take all steps for the use of electronic gadgets for smooth functioning of the system in the coming days. Technology being one of the important factors in the 5T initiative of our Chief Minister so the administration will certainly use technology," said Mishra responding to queries from reporters on a letter by the Law department to the Home department.
The Law department has recently written a letter to the Home department for considering a proposal of the Orissa High Court for provision of simultaneous video conferencing facilities at district and subordinate courts and corresponding jails at Angul and Nayagarh districts.
The Law department letter said, "... after careful consideration this department is of the view that the proposal in question is highly innovative and shall greatly enhance the efficiency of the Criminal Justice System by substantially reducing costs in terms of manpower and other logistics requirements."
"Therefore, this department is of the view that the proposed system is a welcome step as it will greatly help in reducing unnecessary delays in trial of criminal cases. This is for kind information and necessary action," the letter added.