Two years after the State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) launched the student legal literacy clubs,they are still absent in most city schools. These clubs have been launched in 22 schools and one college till now.
Polytechnic College,Government Model Senior Secondary School,Sector 8,DAV-15,GMSSS-19,GSSS Manimajra,Shivalik Public School,GSSS-38 (W),GMSSS-22 are among the members of the club.
Each club has 25 students of Class IX and above as members,who are asked to maintain records of all the resolutions passed by the club and also a record of all activities and programmes undertaken.
Law Officer at SLSA,Rajeshwar Singh said,We have proposed to the DPI(S),to launch these clubs in all other schools in the city including government and private schools. This will help the authority reach out to the larger population and also act as a drive to make the students aware of the legal system.”
Also,the SLSA has a provision of assessing the work done by the individual clubs where at the end of every year the club incharge has to submit an annual report on the basis of which SLSA presents cash awards worth Rs 2,000-5,000 for the best club,separately at the school and college level.
We are already getting a good response from students who are a part of the club. Camps and workshops are organised for them where they set up rallies,make door-to-door visits in the periphery areas and distribute legal aid application forms,free of cost to make residents aware of their rights and duties. The students report many cases of domestic violence,eve teasing,challan problems,tenant problems and many other cases in which people require legal aid, Singh added. SLSA plans to start a project soon,called ‘Hamari Shiksha’ in the Daddumajra area,to help women get legal assistance easily.
Teacher in-charge of the literacy club at Shivalik Public School,Sector 44,Manjit Kaur said,The literacy club can prove beneficial for students and poor people who cannot afford to apply for legal aid if we could get some senior people from the panel of lawyers to speak on important topics.
It is the best platform for students where they are made aware of the complicated legal issues,said Harpreet Kaur,principal of Guru Harkrishan Model School Sector 38.
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