Legal Aid Clinic, Awareness Prog inaugurated
KATHUA, Sept 27: In an effort to reach out to the population living in the remote areas, Justice Tashi Rabstan, Executive Chairman, J&K Legal Services Authority accompanied by Justice Sanjeev Kumar, Administrative Judge for district Kathua, Justice Rajesh Sekhri and Amit Kumar Gupta, Member Secretary, J&K Legal Services Authority today visited Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Basohli and inaugurated a Mega Legal Awareness Programme.
The Judges were received by Ashok Kumar Shavan, Principal District & Sessions Judge (Chairman DLSA) Kathua, Colonel (Retd.) Mahan Singh, Chairman, District Development Council, Kathua, Judicial Officers and officers of Civil and Police Administration.
Addressing a massive gathering of members of Public Representative Institutions, Panel Lawyers, Advocates, LADCs, PLVs, local populace, students and staff of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Justice Tashi said that the focus of Legal Services Authority is to reach out to the poor and marginalized sections of the society and in this endeavor the District Legal Services Authority organized programme to spread awareness amongst them about their rights and duties enshrined in the Constitution of India.
He said that the Legal Services Authorities at all levels are working in tandem with various Govt departments to ensure that the benefit of welfare schemes reaches to those who are entitled to the same. He exhorted that the PLVs are acting as a bridge between the legal aid seeker and organs of the District Administration for the welfare of society.
Justice Sanjeev Kumar, in his keynote address, urged the officers of civil administration to ensure that the PLVs who approach them with the grievances of legal aid seekers are entertained as they are the frontline workers and the backbone of the Legal Services Institutions working for the poor and marginalized sections of the society.
Justice Rajesh Sekhri, in his special address, said that although India has topped the ranking having maximum population in the world yet majority of the citizens are illiterate and does not have the knowledge about their basic legal and fundamental rights. He appreciated the efforts of J&K Legal Services Authority in organizing such type of Legal Awareness camps and programmes to educate the masses.
During the program, the deserving beneficiaries of various welfare schemes were delivered keys of scooties, wheel chairs, old age pension payment orders, Ayushman Golden Cards and marriage assistance relief through the Social Welfare Department.
The welcome address was presented by Ashok Kumar Shavan, Pr. District & Sessions Judge (Chairman, DLSA), Kathua, whereas, the vote of thanks was proposed by Puneet Kumari, Deputy Chief Legal Aid Defence Counsel, DLSA Kathua.
Later, Justice Tashi along with Justice Sanjeev Kumar and Justice Rajesh Sekhri inaugurated a Legal Care and Support Centre (Legal Aid Clinic) at Panchayat Ghar, Prehta Basholi. While speaking on the occasion, Justice Tashi urged them to take maximum benefit of the support center for getting their grievances redressed. He further said that the J&K Legal Services Authority shall leave no stone unturned in reaching out and providing all legal support to those persons who deserve the same.
Justice Sanjeev Kumar, son of the soil, while addressing his native villagers said that the Legal Care and Support Centre will prove to be a milestone in addressing the genuine legal grievances of the residents of village Prehta who earlier had to travel hundreds of kilometers to reach Jammu to seek advice even on small legal issues.