ISLAMABAD Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry while chairing the governing body meeting of 'Access to Justice Development Fund has observed that under AJDF, the genuine requirements of the District Judiciary are met and legal aid and assistance are made available to the indigent people who cannot engage a lawyer. The meeting presided over by Chairman of the governing body/Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) at Supreme Court building on Saturday, was participated by the chief justices of High Courts, federal secretaries Ministry of Finance and Law, Justice Parliamentary Affairs and Secretary Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan. The CJP stressed the chief justices of the High Courts to ensure that the allocated funds are utilised for strengthening the capacity of district judiciary in terms of infrastructure, automation of courts and establishment of information kiosks to facilitate the litigants about the court proceedings and status of their cases. The governing body approved projects of Goth Sudharo Sangat Aghamani, Karachi, Centre for Dispute Resolution, Sindh, STEP Towards Empowerment of Pupil, Skyian Welfare Organisation, Abbottabad, Women Association Struggle for Development, Mardan, Roshni Development Organization, Quetta, Kainaat Welfare Association, Kandhkot, Saiban International Welfare Organization, Karachi, Kumrat Development Organization, Dir, Association for Behaviour and Knowledge Transformation, Lower Dir, Strengthening Humanity Aid and Rehabilitation Program (SHARP), KPK, Dr Begum Jan for provision of legal aid for the prisoners confined in FATA jails under FCR under collective responsibility and Society for Human Assistance and Development, Quetta, for funding from the Access to Justice Development Fund for legal empowerment. The body also dropped projects submitted by Amanullah Shah, Assistant Professor, Gomal University, DI Khan, Asodagy, Quetta, Ashraf Yar Khan, Research Officer, Sindh High Court, Karachi, and Muhammad Shah Zaman, former Director, Regional Directorate of Human Rights, Peshawar. The chairman appreciated the role of Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan for the promotion of legal awareness particularly, that of vulnerable groups by sponsoring projects of legal empowerment and provision of legal aid under the Access to Justice Development Fund. Besides approving accounts of the AJDF for the financial year 2009-10, the governing body also considered the issue of allocation of funds to the underdeveloped regions identified by the provincial governments and SAFARAN Division. The body decided that 10pc of the allocated fund for underdeveloped region should be earmarked for FATA region whereas the remaining 90% should be disbursed to the provincial High Courts according to NFC formula. The High Courts were asked to submit projects after considering the need of the particular predetermined underdeveloped area. The CJ observed that sufficient funds were available under the said window, which could be utilised for development of infrastructure and provision of necessary amenities to the lawyers and litigants of the underdeveloped areas.