April 18, 2009 3:40:04 am
The UP State Legal Services Authority (UPSLSA) has joined hands with private telecom player Tata Teleservices to launch a helpline to provide free legal assistance to the economically deprived sections.
The toll free number 1800-419-0234 was inaugurated by Justice Rafat Alam,chairman of the UPSLSA in Lucknow on Friday.
“We have legal aid-cum-literacy clinics in the district court or high court premises in 70 districts. With this venture,we hope to increase the reach of legal aid,” said Sudhir Kumar Saxena,member secretary of the UPSLSA.
“Any person can call on this toll free number from anywhere in India for legal advice pertaining to litigation in UP. This service is available 24 hours,seven days of the week,” he added.
“There are three handsets provided by the telecom company and each of these will remain with the legal experts selected by UPSLSA,” said Sanjay Sathu,chief operating officer,Tata Teleservices.
“Sudha Tripathi,Deepanshu Das and Dushyant Singh will answer these calls subject to their availability. In case the person whose handset rings is busy or not available,the call will be transferred to the next person,” he adds.
“Case solution cannot be given over the phone,but we can always extend information and reference to help the caller take the right course,” said Deepanshu Das.
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