Regional meet of Legal Services Authorities of northern States begins in Chandigarh

October 02, 2017 09:53 AM

Punjab News Express/Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH: Mr. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Executive Chairman, National Legal Services Authority (NLSA) inaugurated the Regional Meet of the State Legal Services Authorities of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Uttarakhand,  Chandigarh and Delhi at Judicial Academy here on Sunday.  

The inaugural session of the meet was attended by Hon’ble Chief Justices and Patron-in-Chiefs, Hon’ble Executive Chairman of the State Legal Services Authorities of the Northern Region, Hon’ble  Chairmen, High Court Legal Services Committees,  Member Secretaries of the State Legal Services Authorities, District Chairpersons and Secretaries of the District Legal Services Authorities, Chief Secretaries/ and other high ranking officials from the State Governments and Representatives from Social Action Groups.

While addressing the inauguration function, Justice Ranjan Gogoi  has stressed upon the need to provide legal services to people especially those from below the poverty line (BPL).  He further said that to reach out the last marginalized person in the remotest part in the country was goal of the Legal Services Institutions.

He revealed that 51 per cent of the population of the country was below the age of 35 years. “You have about 50 crores population of this country between 15- 29 years. This is a very volatile situation and given the scenario today, the need is to reach out to these people,” he says. Referring to the Legal Services Authorities Act, he said that the aims and objectives of the Act were to provide legal services, which includes legal aid also.

Justice Gogoi further stated that the work of legal authorities was to provide access to justice and what was access to justice was something that needed to be discussed. This was an area which he would like to debate with all of you, because you were the stakeholders, torchbearers, you were the people who were supposed to implement the NALSA schemes,” he told the august gathering of Hon’ble Judges.

He further stated that this meet has been organized to meet the unseen faces so that they could have a one to one and direct dialogue as to what was happening on the ground and what needed to be done to achieve the objectives.  He admitted,“ You are a busy judges but you have to do sacrifice, hard work and commitment. This is the quality that the Judges should have. We do it everyday, in and out, without being acknowledged”.

On this occasion, His Lordship also released a book on Cyber Crimes authored by Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, UT Chandigarh. During the session, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ranjan Gogoi informed that similar meets are also proposed to be held for the other regions of the country.

The interactive session dwelt upon the issues of  ensuring quality legal services, capacity building of panel lawyers, work relating to remand advocates, effective monitoring of legal services, function of Legal Assistance Establishment, Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), conducting focused awareness programme under each scheme, assisting people in getting benefits of the Government Schemes/Policies.  The meet further discussed about the field visits,  involving in   identifying the socio-legal issues of villages within the ambit of NALSA schemes, involving concerned government departments, NGOs, etc. for redressal  of common village problems/issues, eligibility under various Government Welfare Schemes and spreading legal awareness through print/electronic media.

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