India to host Seventh Justice Ministers Meet of SCO
On October 16, 2020, the Union Minister of law and Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad is to host the seventh meeting of ministers of justice of Shanghai cooperation organisation.
The ministers during the meet will share the knowledge on creating conducive environment to promote dispute resolution mechanism, forensic activities and other legal services. Also, the ministers will discuss on the action plan of the working groups of experts on legal services and forensic activities. Justice ministers from the member countries of the organisation such as China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Pakistan are to participate in the meet.
Importance of SCO for India
SCO is a part of India’s policy of “multi alignments”. RATS is regional Anti-terror structure of SCO. Accessing information and intelligent from RATS will help India learn about non-Pakistan centred Counter Terrorism.
India aims to reach Central Asia through SCO. Central Asia is an extended neighbourhood of India. India has enormous potential to enhance ties with these countries in terms of security, investment, economy, connectivity, energy and capacity development. As India does not share a common land border with these countries it is highly important for India to use the SCO platform to reach these countries. The TAPI gas pipeline is one such example of a mutually beneficial project between India and SCO countries.
Also, SCO will help India in the construction of international North South Corridor.
India has finalized a deal with Uzbekistan in 2019 for a long-term supply of Uranium.
What is multi alignment policy of India?
India was initially following non alignment policy. It has now shifted towards multi alignment. Under Non-alignment India will not take sides when there is a conflict between countries. Rather it will preach them to adopt peace. Under multi alignment policy India will align with both the parties or all the parties.