Chief Justice High Court of Manipur cum Patron-in-Chief of Manipur State Legal Services Authority (MASLSA), PV Sanjay Kumar Thursday flagged off mobile vans from the court premises as a part of “empowerment of citizens through legal awareness and outreach through mobile vans” campaign for all the district of Manipur.
The mobile vans campaign was flagged off in the presence of Justice MV Muralidaran; Justice A Bimol Singh and chairperson, High Court Legal Services Committee (HCLSC). The mobile vans are expected to cover all the 67 sub-divisions and around 2581 villages of Manipur.
The outreach campaign aims to spread awareness about welfare laws and scheme enacted for empowerment of people; the constitution of India- fundamental rights and fundamental duties; free Legal Aid and services provided by the legal services institutions; digital initiatives for approaching institution- the Vidhi Chatbot, WhatsApp chatbot, Legal Aid Case Management System, Legal Services Management System, Online Mediation Portal among others; rights and remedies available under various laws.
The campaign is to be carried out all over India from October 31, 2022 to November 13, 2022 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Independence of our country, as per the directions of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and under the guidance of justice DY Chandrachud, executive chairman of NALSA and Chief Justice of India (Designate), member secretary, MASLSA, Ojesh Mutum said.
The door-to-door campaign will be supervised and executed by outreach teams constituted at each DLSA level comprising of judicial officers, state/district administration officials, members of Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs), social workers, Anganwadi workers, panel lawyers, Para Legal Volunteers, law students etc., under the overall supervision of secretary of District Legal Services Authority.
Besides distributing IEC materials like leaflets, brochures, printouts etc., on various legal awareness themes, the door-to-door campaign outreach team will mobile the masses through one-to-one interaction to attend the various legal awareness camps and initiatives to be launched by each DLSA covering village level, community level and schools and colleges, particularly the important events on 06.11.2022 (Mega Legal Camps), 09.11.2022 (Legal Services Day function and Legal Services Exhibition), 12.11.2022 (National Lok Adalat) besides host other programmes and micro legal camps.
Various topics on basic legal subjects will be covered during the two weeks outreach and awareness campaign such as accessing courts and legal remedies; procedures for filing complaints in police stations; rights of arrested persons and suspects; victim compensation schemes; empowerment of women including remedies against domestic violence, sexual offences, discrimination, sexual harassment at workplace etc.; employment related laws; rights of SC/ST persons, LGBTQ community and other marginalised group, alternative dispute redressal mechanisms such as Lok Adalat, Mediation etc., and process of availing them, the secretary added.
He said the campaign is launched as a part of “Haq - humara - bhi - to - hai@75” - to commemorate the 75th Year of Independence.