Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Uttar Pradesh envisions the establishment of corruption (of all sorts) free society, promoting peaceful and inclusive communities based on respect for human rights, the rule of law and transparent, effective and accountable institutions at all levels.
Peace, justice and good governance are strongly implicated in the goals across the sustainable development framework. Hence, the state has identified three main pillars to guide its strategies:
Building citizenship and legal literacy to ensure collaborative governance in all realms and public institutions.
Citizenship building will be taken up with three objectives: compliance to law and order practised as a positive and equitable assertion of fundamental rights of every citizen; address the cultural practices and social identities that are in conflict with citizenship, such as child marriage, child labour, domestic violence, and; increase the deterrence from unlawful practices among the majority in a positive manner.
Strengthening the transparency and accountability mechanisms in public institutions, in particular institutions that deliver justice directly and indirectly.
Delivering restorative justice in a progressive manner –bring both offenders and victims back to society as self-reliant and responsible citizens.
The state will also prioritise strengthening the Civil Registration System, especially focussing on the birth registration of all children below 18 years, by clearing the backlog as well as ensuring timely registration of all newborns.
The state will progress towards a victim-oriented approach in the criminal justice system by further expanding existing interventions such as UP Rani Laxmi Bai Mahila Evam Bal Samman Kosh. It will attempt to heal wounds through reconciliation and restorative means of justice rather than letting it get prolonged in the system, leading to a lack of faith in the system and more wrongs.
Undertake appropriate reforms for efficiency in the criminal justice system, including a victim-oriented criminal justice system, summary trials for land disputes, and behavioural offences.
Initiate and scale-up restorative justice for the juvenile as a long term strategy.
Establish an anti-corruption helpline to enable citizens to report incidences of corruption.
A web portal will be developed to track and reach out to workers who migrate outside the state and in the case of intra-state migrants it will be ensured their they get their entitlements through portability of benefits such as PDS, Aadhar linked cash transfers and other services and amenities.