Cabinet confers magisterial powers to administrative officers

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Itanagar, Oct 22 (UNI) The Arunachal Pradesh cabinet in ita cabinet meeting on October 18 has taken some vital decisions, including replacing the mode of conferring judicial powers by name as per Assam Frontier (Administration of Justice) Regulation 1945 to post for removing the obstacles created due to transfer of some officials with magisterial powers.

Trial of cases gets delayed to the detriment of the litigant public which is against the principle of justice, government spokesman Tako Dabi told newsmen here today.

All the circle officers (COs) have been conferred with the powers of second class judicial magistrate and all extra assistant commissioners (EACs)/ sub-divisional officers (SDOs)/additional deputy commissioners (ADCs) with first class judicial magistrate under section 18 of the above Regulation, he added.

The cabinet approved adoption of 23 pre-constitutional laws, which were extended to this territory during UT days.

Mr Dabi, who is the Law Minister, informed that number of such central laws still un-extended were Public Accountants Default Act 1850, Pension Act 1871, Indian Contract Act 1872, Indian Majority Act 1875, Indian Trusts Act 1882, Tranfer of Property Act 1882, Indian Easement Act 1882, Land Acquisition (Mines) Act 1885, Guardian and Wards Act 1890, Bankers Books Evidence Act 1891, Government Grants Act 1895, Indian Criminal Law Amendment Act 1908, Prevention of Seditious Meeting Act 1911, Official Trustees Act 1913, Indian Succession Act 1925, Employer's Liability Act 1938, Employment of Children Act 1938, Weekly Holidays 1942, Factories Act 1948, Chartered Accountants Act 1949, Criminal Procedure Code 1974, Civil Procedure Code 1908 and Indian Evidence Act 1872.

The cabinet listed 39 departments for devolution of powers to the Panchayati Raj institutions and constituted a committee headed by Rural Development Minister Chowna Mein to evolve modalities, methodologies and guidelines for the activity mapping. The committee report expected in a month would include financial limit of gram sabha and anchal samity chairpersons and zilla parishad chairmen, he added.

The government vehicles discarded after the expiry of their lifespan have been banned from reuse considering the vulnerability to frequent accidents and misuse for anti-national activities.

UNI

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