Context: The Supreme Court asked the government for setting up expert panels to boost India’s prospects in the Rule of Law Index.
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- The panel must look into the reasons for poor ranking and give suggestions within 6 months.
- Further the panel must take into consideration the Top practices of Top 20 countries in the Index.
Need for such directive by SC:
- India ranked at the 69th position out of 128 countries in the 2020 Index and has never been ranked even among the top 50 in the Index.
- Poor rule of law has a devastating effect on right to life, liberty, economic justice, fraternity, individual dignity and national integration.
Rule of Law Index:
- It is a quantitative assessment tool designed to offer a detailed and comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice.
- The Index provides data on eight dimensions of the rule of law:
- limited government powers; absence of corruption; order and security;
- fundamental rights; open government; regulatory enforcement;
- civil justice; and criminal justice
- It is released by the World Justice project .
World Justice Project:
- It is an international civil society organization with the stated mission of working to advance the rule of law around the world.
- It is a non profit organisation based in Washington.
- It works through 3 programs —
- Research and Scholarship
- Rule of Law Index
- Its objective is to increase public awareness w.r.t Rule of Law , Stimulate Government Reforms and develop innovative programs at the community level.
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