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Arbitration Act amendment bill likely in Monsoon session: Secretary, Law and Justice
The amendments to arbitration act is under consideration and very soon we will come with a proposal based on the repot of Law Commission of India, said P.K. Malhotra, Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice at an Assocham event held in New Delhi today.
"We propose to bring the bill during the monsoon session provided the procedural requirements are complete", said P.K. Malhotra, Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice while inaugurating a conference titled '2nd Global Conference on Law & Technology,' organised by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

Malhotra further said, the primary advantage of computerization of courts will be the 'automation of workflow management'. This would enable the courts to exercise greater control over the management of dockets. Ultimately, ICT enablement will make the functioning of courts efficient, which will have an overall impact on the justice delivery system.

The Government has launched Digital India programme which aims at transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have the potential of not only bridging the great digital divide in the country (in terms of easy and effective access to ICTs) but also of positively contributing to the growth of the economy, employment and productivity, said Malhotra.

He said, Digital India is an ambitious programme of Government of India projected at Rs. 1,13,000 crores. This will be for preparing India for the knowledge based transformation and delivering good governance to citizens by synchronized and coordinated engagement with both Central Government and State Governments. A programme to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. It would ensure that government services are available to citizens electronically. It would also bring in public accountability through mandated delivery of government's services electronically.

The emphasis is on providing high speed internet connectivity across the length and breadth of the country by deploying ICT infrastructure, optical fibre, and last-mile connectivity options offered by wireless technologies in a manner that is affordable, reliable and competitive, highlighted Malhotra.

Cradle-to-grave digital identity is a need of the hour. The ideal identity is one that is unique, singularly sufficient, robust enough to disallow duplicate and fake records, easily and digitally authenticable in an inexpensive manner, and lifelong.

Aadhaar, a 12-digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of India, meets these requirements. It is essentially a paperless online anytime – anywhere identity assigned to a resident to cover his / her entire lifetime.

With proliferation of information technology enabled services such as e-governance, e-commerce and e-transactions; data security, data privacy and implementation of security practices and procedures relating to applications of electronic communications have assumed greater importance. They require harmonization with the provisions of the Information Technology Act.

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