At an event organised by the Supreme Court to commemorate Constitution Day on November 26, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said (https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/general-news/tech-reliance-in-delivering-justice-gave-rise-to-new-kind-of-inequality-says-cji-bobde.html) that the pandemic has been the biggest challenge in delivering “unhampered justice” to the common man and asked the government to look for solutions of a new kind of “inequality” that has emerged from justice becoming “technology dependent”.
It is true that Covid-19 achieved in weeks what would have taken years for digital adoption. Such rapid digital adoption also exposed the gaps and has given a newfound urgency to the digital inclusion agenda, since over 4 million people live in homelessness in urban areas, and 75 million people live in informal settlements without access to essential services (https://www.newsclick.in/India-Lockdown-COVID-19-Migrant-Workers-Housing-Land-Rights).
In a contactless world, as societies make the transition to increasing digitalisation, accessibility for the vulnerable cannot be under-emphasised and must be thought carefully over by planners. Please browse through the latest Tatsat Communique, where we have spotlighted some recent note-worthy developments.
Sumi Gupta, Director, Tatsat Foundation