Helping people access government programs in addition to legal aid: Minister of Justice speaks to paralegals

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Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday stressed the importance of delivering justice at home through an alternative dispute resolution system and said that helping people benefiting from social assistance schemes as well as legal aid would guarantee “total justice”.

Emphasizing that public service is the common goal of the judiciary, government and legislature, the minister said judges have also ‘understood’ that justice can also be done outside the courtroom and urged them to consider carrying out field visits whenever possible so that the goal of delivering justice can be achieved more “effectively”. Launching the “Citizen’s Tele-Law” mobile app at an event, he called on frontline paralegals and other public servants to help people access government welfare programs in addition to their provide legal aid. ”Its very important.

We have to work to make sure people get full justice… It has to be understood in perspective. There are various government programs. We do not do paperwork on behalf of legal aid. We must suggest to them to solve their legal problems as well as the problems related to their basic needs, electricity, waterway. I believe that this type of service delivery is justice,” he added. Rijiju said the electronic interface platform, Tele Law, was developed under the Digital India program to strengthen the pre-litigation mechanism in the country.

“The purpose of this platform is to reach Sabka Prayas, Sabka Nyay,” he said. Tele-Law relies on technology to connect the beneficiary with panel attorneys for legal advice and consultation for prompt redress of their grievance, according to the Justice Department. The minister announced the expansion of Tele-Law into 75,000 gram panchayats covering all states and union territories as part of India’s 75th anniversary celebrations. He also called on lawyers to join the Tele-Law movement and provide legal advice and consultation as basic steps of legal aid services. ”

Whether you’re doing justice to people from the courtroom or by going to the field, it’s the same thing. Some people think that justice can only be done by a court, but that is not necessarily the case. ”Now the Indian judiciary has also understood this. All the judges understood that justice can also be done outside the courtroom in the midst of the people at their doorstep,” Rijiju said. ”Its very important. We must work to ensure that people get full justice…

You have to understand in perspective. There are different government programs. We do not do paperwork on behalf of legal aid. We must suggest to them to solve their legal problems as well as the problems related to their basic needs, electricity, waterway. I believe that this type of service delivery is justice,” he added. The Minister said that while addressing Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice UU Lalit, Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and other senior judges, he let them know that the judiciary, executive and legislature should go to the field. visits together. ”I spoke to the Chief Justice of India, Justice UU Lalit and senior judges.

I said it was not about the judiciary, the executive or the legislative. ”When they work in their respective fields, their independence is there with their limits. But, when we talk about ‘jan seva’ (public service), we are one. And whether it’s a judge, a minister or an officer, we should all go into the field together,” the minister said. “So I appealed to the judges too (saying) that you also do field visits, as much as possible. Then we will effectively complete our work,” he added.

Rjiju stressed the need for changes in the functioning of various departments to bring India to the path of development and make all Indians self-reliant citizens. ”Rules, regulations, traditions will remain there. We need to bring some change in the way we work to develop India, to make all Indians self-reliant citizens. Simply sitting in a chair and lecturing will not be enough,” he added. Rijiju said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to meet with the country’s senior magistrates on Saturday who will attend an event organized by NALSA on the “pan-India legal awareness and sensitization campaign”.

”All senior judges, all Supreme Court justices, chief justices of high courts, executive presidents of the state judiciary and representatives of district authorities who come here to participate in NALSA event, will have an interaction with the Prime Minister today,” he said. He appreciated the team effort of all the frontline officials for their contributions, saying the Tele-Law platform has crossed the 12 lakh beneficiary mark. State Minister for Law and Justice, SP Singh Baghel, said the citizens’ Tele-Law mobile app would be a first. for his kind initiative to provide a level playing field in seeking legal redress.

”Every citizen would now have the right to have access to a lawyer at the touch of a finger. He also emphasized that the functionality of the mobile app would be available as an online tutorial in all programmed languages ​​and urged frontline officials to ensure its maximum reach,” he said.

In a later statement, the ministry said “Tele-Law, Reaching the Unreached Electronic Interface Platform” was launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Justice to strengthen the pre-litigation mechanism in the country. It is currently operational in 51,434 joint service centers spread over 50,000 Gram Panchayats in 633 districts. “By expanding its reach and reach, the Citizens Tele-Law Mobile App intends to broaden access to increased legal information and enable the masses to identify their problem and choose from a forum appropriate dispute resolution to claim their rights and entitlements,’ he added.

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