The Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched three key legal aid and empowerment initiatives of the Department of Justice – including Pro bono legal services, Tele law service and Nyaya Mitra scheme.
Ravi Shankar said that the country’s legal system would be digitally transformed, as digital inclusion holds the key to the country’s march towards Digital India, said the Ministry of Law & Justice in a release.
The ‘Pro bono legal services’ initiative is a web based platform, through which interested lawyers can register themselves to volunteer pro bono services for the underprivileged litigants, who are unable to afford it.
Ravi Shankar emphasized the need for increased opportunities of legal aid and awareness for people, especially the marginalised sections of the society. Meanwhile, Tele Law is aimed at facilitating delivery of legal advice via an expert panel of lawyers – stationed at the State Legal Services Authorities (SLSA).
The project would connect lawyers with clients via video conferencing facilities at CSCs, operated by para legal volunteers. For this purpose, this initiative would also play a pivotal role in empowering 1000 women para legal volunteers and the project would be launched across 1800 panchayats in UP, Bihar, NE states and Jammu & Kashmir. Further, Nyaya Mitra scheme is aimed at reducing pendency of cases across selected districts, with special focus on those pending for more than 10 years.
The Minister further said that the 3 initiatives launched were aimed at fulfilling the department’s core mandate of enhancing ‘access to justice’ for the poor and vulnerable communities, including making accessible quality and effective legal aid for them.