The state Assembly Monday passed the City Civil Court (Amendment) Bill, 2013 providing for the enhancement of the pecuniary jurisdiction of the Kolkata City Civil Court from the present Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore.
After the bill was passed through a division of votes, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the amendment was necessary to enable poor people to get justice.
“The wealthy litigants would now be able to move the High Court, but the poor litigants would have the option to move their cases in the City Civil Court,” Mamata said.
She said, “After the rural polls, this is the first session of the House and I congratulate the people.”
While the lawyers of the City Civil Court have been demanding an increase in the pecuniary jurisdiction of the court, those at the Calcutta High Court were opposed to it.
Earlier, Leader of Opposition Suryakanta Mishra opposed the clause providing for concurrent jurisdiction of suits of civil nature in the Calcutta Hight Court and the City Civil Court, saying in no other state this provision existed.
While replying to Mishra, the Chief Minister said that her government was committed to serve the poor and she did not care about what the opposition parties were saying about the amendment bill.
Replying to the debate, Law Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya explained that since 1990, there had been a steep fall in the monetary value and therefore it was necessary to upgrade the pecuniary value to Rs 1 crore.
The Assembly also passed The West Bengal Right to Public Services Bill, 2013, which ensures prompt delivery of public services to people within a stipulated time.
The Bill ensures that a citizen having applied for a service be provided an application number by the department concerned to obtain and monitor status of his application online or by other procedures.
The government will soon appoint a West Bengal Right to Public Service Commission to ensure delivery of services to the people in a particular time frame. The Bill also stipulates for a fine of Rs 250 per day that can go upto Rs 1,000 on an employee who fails to