Parliamentary Panel favours setting up of Department of International Law
in the Law Ministry
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice headed by Dr. E M Natchiappan has favoured setting up Department of International Law in order to synchronize laws of the land with various international treaties and conventions.
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai today, Dr. Natchiappan said “in the fast changing world, many international bodies, including the United Nations are coming up with several new regulations. In fact, as many as 3,000 treaties and conventions are binding upon a sovereign country like India”. He said, when 198 countries sit together and make laws and regulations at the United Nations, India is represented by the Executive.
Parliament being the supreme law making authority, in India, the Parliamentary Panel on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice is examining various modalities to be followed for implementing various treaties and conventions made at the international level. “We are working on a new trinity, comprising new Department of International Law in the Ministry of Law & Justice, the External Affairs Ministry and the nodal ministry concerned with the treaty”. Shri Natchiappan said with judicial interpretation of international law also coming up, such a department would be necessary.
Dwelling on the subject of Public grievances, Dr. Natchiappan said, during their interaction with various Public Sector Undertakings, the Parliamentary Panel stressed on setting up effective grievance redressal and dispute resolution mechanisms. He said “if there is good governance, there will be less grievance and lesser litigation”. This will also reduce the burden on an overstretched judiciary, he added.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee comprising 10 MPs from Rajya Sabha and 20 MPs from Lok Sabha is on a two state visit of Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Before arriving in Mumbai, the Committee held consultations with PSUs, National Legal Service Authority and the National Law University in Jodhpur. In Mumbai the Parliamentary panel held meetings with Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers- RCF, IDBI, SIDBI, MTNL and Cotton Corporation of India.
In the second leg of their Maharashtra visit, the Parliamentary Committee will visit Nagpur on January 31 and February 1.
Rajya Sabha MPs from Maharashtra – Shri Majeed Memon and Smt. Rajani Patil and nominated member Ms. Anu Aga are also members of the panel.
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