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Administrative Closure of NCDRC in Commemoration of Ram Mandir Inauguration

Last Updated on January 25, 2024 by News Desk

Introduction:


On January 22, 2024, the administrative operations of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) will observe closure until 2:30 PM. This decision aligns with the directive from the Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions, urging the shutdown of Central government offices nationwide to facilitate employees’ participation in the Ram Lalla Pran Prathishta celebrations during the inauguration of Ram Mandir.

Issues:


The temporary closure specifically pertains to the administrative functions of the NCDRC, while judicial proceedings will continue at the discretion of the benches. The memorandum emphasizes that the next hearing dates will be communicated based on the respective benches’ instructions, should any matters listed for January 22, 2024, be adjourned. This nuanced approach ensures a balance between honoring the significant cultural event and maintaining the essential legal processes of the commission.

Reasoning:


The decision to close the administrative side of the NCDRC serves as a gesture acknowledging the cultural and religious importance of the Ram Mandir Inauguration. By aligning with the government’s directive for a temporary shutdown, the NCDRC aims to allow its employees the opportunity to participate in the Ram Lalla Pran Prathishta celebrations. Simultaneously, the judicial proceedings remain unaffected, emphasizing the commitment to maintain the functioning of the legal system while accommodating the observance of a momentous event.

It is noteworthy that the Bar Council of India, through its Chairperson Manan Kumar Mishra, has also advocated for a holiday declaration for all courts on the day of the Ram Mandir Inauguration. This reflects a broader sentiment within the legal community to recognize and respect the significance of cultural and religious events, fostering a harmonious coexistence of legal obligations and societal celebrations.

Conclusion:


In conclusion, the temporary closure of the administrative operations of the NCDRC on January 22, 2024, is a conscientious decision rooted in the larger context of acknowledging and participating in the cultural and religious celebrations surrounding the Ram Mandir Inauguration. This measured approach ensures that while administrative activities pause to allow staff participation, the judicial proceedings remain undisturbed, underscoring the commitment to uphold legal responsibilities even during culturally significant moments.

Written — Athi Venkatesh AVD

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