Parliamentary panel to study law on registration of marriages


The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice headed by Goa’s Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik visited the state to interact with stakeholders to study Goa’s law on compulsory registration of marriages. 
The standing committee is in the process of preparing a report on the Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2012 which seeks to bring about compulsory registration of marriages. 
The bill was referred to the Standing Committee headed by Naik, by the Rajya Sabha. 
Addressing media persons, Naik said that they interacted with several stakeholders to solicit their views on the matter. 
“Since in Goa marriages are governed by Portuguese Law (Goa civil code), which is considered to be an ideal law in the matter, the committee thought it fit that they should assess the views of the Government of Goa and members of the bar and others on the subject,” Naik said. 
Accordingly they met the Law Secretary Pramod Kamat, State Registrar Pandharinath Bodke, Adv M S Joshi representing the Maharashtra Bar Council, Adv Joaquim Godinho president of the Panjim Lawyers Forum, Adv Valmiki Menezes president Goa High Court Bar Association, Adv Elrich D’Souza president of North Goa Bar Association, and Goa State Women Commission Ezilda Sapeco. 
He however refused to disclose the proceedings of the meetings saying that they will be made public once the report is tabled in Parliament. 
The Committee also met officials of the Goa Shipyard Limited and the Mormugao Port Trust to study ‘status of women government employees, service conditions, protection against exploitation, incentives and other related issues.”
It assessed service conditions of women employees such as housing facilities, leave, transport and medical facilities. 
The standing committee has also impressed on the Goa government to make full use of the centrally sponsored scheme to improve infrastructure of lower courts. 
The Goa government has already availed of Rs 262.70 crore grant since 2001. 
“I would like to stress that one needs to improve the infrastructure of lower courts, especially that of revenue courts. It is these courts that the public mostly interacts with and here the conditions are the worst,” Naik observed. 
Naik was flanked by other members including Upendra Yadav and Arjun Meghwal, both BJP MPs. The committee will now visit Cochin on January 05. [H]