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Report No. 114

1.6. Nation-wide debate.-

The Commission launched a nation-wide debate on the subject by meeting a well attended Press Conference on December 27, 1985 with a request that a wide coverage may be given to the proposals of the Law Commission so that the message could reach to as many people as possible. The Press responded enthusiastically and an extensive coverage was given to the proposals of the Law Commission in national dailies and language newspapers. A good coverage of the proposals was transmitted through Doordarshan and Akashvani also.

Keeping in view the importance of the subject and for an in depth study of the matter, the Commission held in collaboration with Law Faculties, Legal bodies, social organisations, Judges and Advocates, academics, social activists, seven workshops at Delhi (Union territory), Salem (Tamil Nadu), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Ranchi (Bihar), Calcutta (West Bengal), and Indore (Madhya Pradesh). With a view to establishing a rapport with the people in remote villages, we paid visits to villages, one to a tribal village inhabited by members of Munda tribe and another to a village near Varanasi where Panchayat members and other elders of eight nearby villages assembled. Persons from all walks of life were invited to participate in the workshops. Response to the Commission's proposal has been varied and extensive. A truly national debate developed.



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