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Madras HC becomes first st court in south India to introduce e-court fee payment facility

The Madras High Court became first court in south India and overall eighth in the country to introduce e-court fee payment facility. It was jointly launched by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Chief Justice Indira Banerjee at the principal seat of the High Court in Chennai as well as at its Madurai Bench.

e-court fee payment facility

The new system will enable litigants who file cases in High Court to pay judicial stamp duty to government through e-stamps, which can be purchased both online and offline. It will pave way for easier and secured way of paying stamp duty. It will also help to tackle sale of counterfeit judicial stamps.

The e-stamps can be purchased online through website of Stock Holding Corporation after simple registration process. Payments for it can be made through net banking or debit cards and so on. The e-court fee receipts can be attached along with case bundles while presenting them in High Court Registry at time of filing cases.

The advantage of the system is that the court fee can be paid as and when user desires without bothering about non-availability of physical stamps. It will save time of litigants from standing in long queues at the physical counter.


New website and mobile app of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis launched

The Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has launched new website and mobile application of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK). It was launched by Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot in New Delhi.

Key Facts

The new website is very user-friendly and as per Central Government Guidelines for official websites. It is comprehensive website giving complete details about Commission viz. its composition, mandate, manner of filing complaints, details of visits undertaken by its Chairman and Members, etc.

It also facilitates petitioners to file their grievances and complaints, etc. on-line on website and thereafter track them. Simultaneously, petitioner can also lodge their grievances and complaints through their android mobile phones by using NCSK App which can be downloaded from Google Play Store free of cost.

National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK)

The NCSK was established in 1994 to deal with the grievances of persons engaged in manual scavenging. It has a sanctioned strength of four members and a chairperson. It is statutory body established under National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act, 1993. It aims to promote and safeguard the interests and rights of Safai Karamcharis. Its mandate is to study, evaluate and monitor the implementation of various schemes for Safai Karamcharis as an autonomous organisation.