With the motto that “no person in the country should starve from hunger of justice”, the Supreme Court and National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) Friday opened more than 2,600 village legal aid clinics across the states for the people to avail free legal services at their doorstep.
Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam, along with Justice R M Lodha, who is also executive chairman of NALSA, and Justice A K Patnaik, chairperson of the SC Legal Services Committee, inaugurated 2,648 legal aid clinics in the villages on the lines of primary health centres.
These village legal services clinics will dole out legal advices to people with the help of para-legal volunteers and empanelled lawyers, besides assisting them in getting BPL card, Election ID, Aadhaar Card, gas connection and other government welfare schemes.
Speaking on the occasion, Justice Sathasivam spoke about the resolve to make legal aid available to the weakest of the persons in the country and urged the volunteers to play a vibrant and proactive role in this empowerment scheme.
Justice Lodha said that these centres will help villagers overcome the problems they face due to ignorance of the law and illiteracy. “Our efforts are to ensure that no citizen starves from hunger of justice and everyone, who deserves justice, gets the justice,” he said.
Justice Patnaik emphasised on the relevance of making legal assistance available at the doorstep so that many issues are resolved even before they translate into litigation.
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