18 years back, Govt gave up publishing its own laws

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 3: The state government has not published the laws, orders, and other enactments passed by the legislature in the past 18 years compelling lawyers, civil servants, and students to purchase the published volumes from private publishers at higher prices.
 The Government Press used to publish at intervals these laws, notices, and SROs under the title of JK Laws. Last time the Government Press published ten volume JK Laws was in 1990. A Jammu based publisher is now selling the 25 volume set, Rs 500 a volume.
 The Commissioner Secretary Law A.H Kochak has written foreword to the JK Laws volumes published by the private publisher from Jammu, praising the quality of the content and declaring that it would benefit all sections of people.
 But the junior lawyers demand the JK Laws should be published regularly as they are less costly than published by private publishers. “Ignorance of law is no excuse but it is duty of the Government to make the laws which are enacted by the State accessible to people at lower rates,” says a lawyer Mudasir Ahmad.
 Mudasir said only lawyers don’t need JK Laws for reference but police, civil servants, government employees, law students, academics also need the volumes. He said he had bought ten volume JK Laws for Rs 2000 five years back.
 Lawyers also complain that the state government has never published these volumes in Urdu, which is the official language of the state.
  “First, it is a requirement. Kashmir being the only State having its own constitution and laws but they are not available in Urdu language. Second, Urdu is read and written by eighty per cent population and publishing the JK Laws in Urdu would be best way to popularize the laws among the masses,” said an academic.  
 The General Manager Government Press, Showkat Ahmad Fazili, said that he has no information about the whole issue. He said he has joined the department some days back and would look into the issue. “I will definitely see to it why it is not being published and what are the reasons behind it,” he said.