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JAMMU: Press Information Bureau (PIB) Jammu and Regional Outreach Bureau (ROB) Jammu, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Government of India, organised a webinar on ‘Indian Constitution; Role and Relevance’ to commemorate the Constitution Day on 26th November. The webinar focussed on the significance of constitution and how it has been a guiding document for the citizens thereby promoting a participatory democracy.Talking about the historical evolution of the Constitution; A K Verma, Retd District and Sessions Judge, High Court of Madhya Pradesh said that the Constitutionalism is the key principle which is important for successful Democracy.He further added that Indian Constitution has been designed by our constitution makers after comparative study of the constitution world over and thereby finalised after adapting with the Indian society.He emphasised that constitutionalism is of immense importance as it protects the rights of citizens and promotes the rule of law. Devpreet Singh. Addl. D.G., North Zone, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting while congratulating everyone for the 71st anniversary said that Constitution is an evolving document as evident during these pandemic times.COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in challenging situations which lead to development of online medium and utilisation of technology in justice delivery.She further added that the webinar will promote enriching dialogue on the constitutional ethos and its role in the current times.She said that PIB, ROB actively promote wide dissemination of Government policies to the grassroots levels.Neha Jalali, Deputy Director, ROB J&K and PIB said that the awareness about the provisions of constitution and rights as well as duties needs to be widely promoted amongst the people. She further mentioned about the ideals of freedom fighters and constitution makers which led to evolution of the constitution and how it acts as a guiding document to the people of India. She said that the constitution is a living document and holds relevance in every facet of the society. Kritika Agrawal, Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India said that Supreme Court of India plays a vital role in understanding and interpretation of the Constitution.She emphasised on the fact that the constitution addresses regular issues of the citizen as is evident through various amendments and recent judgements in various fields.She also mentioned that the justice delivery system is utilising the technology to adapt to the challenges been brought up by the Covid-19 pandemic.Saubhagya Bhadkaria, Asst. Professor, National Law Institute University, Bhopal said that Constitution is a living document and keeps evolving to accommodate the changing features of the Indian society.She said that Government and citizen hold an interactional relation and thus Constitution keeps evolving. She briefly outlined the historical evolution and the stages in development of the Indian Constitution, the rights and duties to the Government as well as the people of India.Suraj Wazir, Advocate, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir said that constitution is the soul and spirit of the nation and democracy and accommodates the diversity in India. He mentioned about various articles and amendments which have become applicable to J&K after it has become Union Territory.Constitution gives rights and responsibilities to the people to actualise their potentiality.The Webinar was attended by various government officials, academicians and university students and young NCC cadets. The academician and students shared their opinions during the interactive session held. The webinar was moderated by Abhishek Kumar, Asst Director, PIB Jammu, Ministry of Information an Broadcasting. Many more such webinars will be organised in future for wider dissemination of the Government programmes and initiatives.
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