Assure you promptness in implementing report, PM tells Justice Verma
In a bid to display its seriousness and urgency, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today wrote to Justice (Retd) JS Verma assuring prompt action in pursuing the recommendations of the committee.
In a bid to display its seriousness and urgency over implementing the committee's far reaching report , Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today wrote to Justice JS Verma assuring prompt action in pursuing the recommendations of the committee that suggested ways to tackle crimes against women.
"That the Committee submitted its report within a short period of 30 days is testimony to your commitment and concern for the public good. On behalf of our government, I assure you that we will be prompt in pursuing the recommendations of the Committee," the PM wrote.
The Prime Minister thanked the committee for submitting its report within a short span of 30 days and vowed to take action on the recommendations.
"I am writing to thank you, Justice (Smt.) Leila Seth and Shri Gopal Subramanian for your labour of love in completing the work of the Committee our government had constituted to recommend amendments in Law to be able to deal effectively with cases of sexual assault of extreme nature against women," Singh said.
In view of the Delhi gangrape and rising crimes against women, Justice JS Verma Committee submitted a report on the Amendments to Criminal Law to the government on 23 January.
Days after submitting the much awaited report on anti-rape law, Justice JS Verma expressed his disappointment with the Prime Minister over the latter's "inaction" to control the situation in the country during protest against Delhi gangrape. In an interview to NDTV, Justice Verma said that the commission was not allowed to present its report to the Prime Minister.
"If I can do it without any infrastructure; the PM has all facilities, why can't he do it?" asked Justice Verma while comparing his situation with the prime minister's while it comes on complete an important report within a short period of time.
Law Minister Ashwani Kumar had earlier said that the government will start action on the recommendations of Justice Verma Committee on crime against women from the coming Budget Session of Parliament.
"The Cabinet will deliberate upon it and depending upon the view that the Cabinet takes, the matter will then have to be carried through the normal Parliamentary processes... We hope to be able to take some action during the Budget session of Parliament," Kumar told PTI in an interview.
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Singh recalled that Justice Verma "had always been generous to him with his advice and guidance", which he will "miss very much".
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