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Justice un-delayed: Delhi cabinet decides to strengthen family courts

The Delhi cabinet on Monday decided to strengthen Family courts in the national capital and upgrade the status of workers engaged in de-silting and cleaning of sewer lines.   The decisions were taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
Speaking to the media personnel after the meeting, Dikshit spoke of the cabinet decision on Family courts. The First Family court in Delhi had been set up in the Dwarka District Court Complex on 15 May, 2009. 

The aim was to bring about a conciliation between estranged family members and not confrontation and to take away some of the pressure of family and marital disputes from the overcrowded, intimidating and congested traditional courts.  Presently the capital has nine functional Family courts.  Consequent upon a notification dated 17 December, 2012, the government decided to make functional eleven Civil Districts in Delhi.  Subsequently, Delhi was divided into eleven Metropolitan Areas.

It was also decided to set up eleven Family courts in eleven Districts.  There was one principal judge for the 11 courts and 10 judges for the 11 courts. Now it has been decided to have one principal judge at each court, for which the existing ten posts of judges will be upgraded to principal judges.
It was felt necessary to deploy one principal judge in each of the eleven family courts for fair distribution of business among the various Judges. This would go a long way in making the functioning of Family courts smoother and faster.

Dikshit also stated that the Cabinet has decided to upgrade the status of workers engaged in de-silting and cleaning of sewer lines, under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 on the request of the Delhi Commission for Safai Karamchari.  The worker engaged in manually cleaning of sewer lines would now  be termed semi-skilled workers instead of unskilled workers.  They would now be paid a minimum wage of Rs 8,528 per month instead of the present minimum remuneration of Rs 7,722 per month.

Similarly, workers engaged in mechanical cleaning of sewer lines would now be termed skilled workers instead of unskilled workers. They would now receive Rs 9,386 per month instead of Rs 7,722 per month.
Dikshit stated that her government has given sympathetic consideration while upgrading the status of the workers keeping in view the difficult work they do and the extreme working conditions they work under.
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