Legal awareness camp to empower marginalised concludes in Srinagar
SRINAGAR: A week-long legal awareness camp to empower marginalised sections of the society concluded on Saturday in Srinagar.
This camp was held under the guidance of Supreme Court Judge and Executive Chairman National Legal Services Authority (NLSA) of India Justice RanjanGogoi.
Justice Gogoi laid emphasis on increasing the reach to justice for poor, marginalized and other disadvantageous sections of the society. He and other speakers emphasised upon the participants to reach out to the needy and deserving people so that the procedural wrangles do not become an obstacle in the way of implementation of these schemes.
Gogoi was accompanied by Supreme Court Judge, Justice N.V Ramana. The major initiative was organised by NLSA in collaboration with Jammu & Kashmir High Court, J&K government, Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority and Jammu and Kashmir High Court Legal Services Committee.
During the camp held from June 18 to 23, multifarious legal services activities including a one-day state level conference for legal services to marginalised sections of the society and four mega-legal services awareness camps in the rural areas of Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil and Leh districts were held.More than 3000 beneficiaries identified under different schemes received various benefits during the legal aid camps.
After the inaugural session, Justice Gogoi and Justice N.V Ramana visited awareness camp at Harwan and interacted with the beneficiaries of the camp and inspected the stalls of different departments. Around 573 beneficiaries of different categories were benefitted on spot at the camp, besides 400 people visited the health camp organized by the Health Department for screening.
Marathon technical sessions followed by interactions with different stakeholders on the changing dimensions of legal services were held during the awareness camp. Former Judges of J&K High Court Justice MuzzafarHussain Attar, Justice HasnainMasoodi, Alok Agarwal, Member Secretary, NALSA and Abdul Rashid Malik, Director J&K State Judicial Academy were the resource persons for the working sessions.
The awareness camps focused on sensitising the participants about their role in ensuring the implementation of the schemes formulated by the NLSA, SLSA, Social Welfare Department, Labour Department, Health Department, Rural Development Department and other Departments for the benefit of marginalized sections of the society including women, children, specially-abled, old aged, senior citizens and other sections of the society.