1000 benefitted from mega legal service camp
Dimapur, Feb. 23 (EMN): More than 1000 beneficiaries were reported to have benefited from the mega legal service camp held at Kohima local ground on February 23 organised by the Nagaland state legal services authority (NSLSA) on the theme “From legal awareness to legal empowerment.” The mega legal service camp was organised in collaboration with the district administration, government departments, stakeholders, private sector (banks), and NGOs.
The mega legal camp was inaugurated by Justice N Kotiswar Singh, judge of Gauhati High Court and executive chairman of Nagaland state legal services authority.
Speaking on the occasion, Singh gave a historical account on the origin of the legal services authority in the country and taking the shape as a legal services institution for justice delivery and securing justice to all its citizens. Singh also spoke on the importance and purpose of organising legal services and the impact it would create for the people in the state.
Chairing the function, Mezivolu T Therieh, NSLSA member secretary, informed that 10 mega legal camps were conducted in different districts beginning with Longleng district in the month of March 2018.
She stated that the mega legal service camp and mini camps had benefitted over 50,000 people in availing entitlements and benefits under various central and state government schemes. In terms of beneficiaries, she said Zunheboto district recorded the highest number of beneficiaries amounting to 7500 beneficiaries.
Therieh also thanked the labour department for being the major contributor towards the mega legal service camp in rendering full cooperation and support in registering construction labours/ workers under Nagaland building and other construction workers (NBOCW) scheme.
In a short speech, Hoto Yeptho, former director of land resources department, remarked on the utility of legal service camp which according to him is a remarkable initiative and ventures undertaken by the legal services authorities.
Yeptho further urged the participating departments to continue such collaborative efforts and cooperation with the legal services institution in all the districts to create awareness as well as promote justice and rights for the weaker sections of people.
Yeptho also appealed to various departments and stakeholders to make every possible effort in reaching out and providing services at the grassroots level by taking assistance of the para-legal volunteers and panel lawyers of Nagaland state legal services authority.
Stating that many schemes and entitlement could not be reached to the rightful beneficiaries due lack of resources and man power faced by the government departments, Yeptho opined that such initiatives by way of organising legal service camp justice would be served to all the people.
Phuleto Yeptho, chief judicial magistrate and secretary of Kohima DLSA, highlighted on the importance and impact of mega legal service camp especially in a state like Nagaland where the masses are still living in ignorance about their basic rights provided and guaranteed under the constitution of India. He expressed confidence that organising mega legal services camps and mini camps in the district headquarters and sub-divisions must have uplift the society and dignity of the people.
Phuleto also remarked that the legal services authority main objective was to provide free legal services to the underprivileged in the form of different aid.
Gregory Thejawelie, deputy commissioner, Kohima, lauded the departments for their participating in the camp. He has particularly appreciated the legal services authority for reaching out to the many hidden beneficiaries in all corners of the state and providing a platform for receiving their entitlements and benefits.
As administration act as an interface for connecting the citizens to various government authorities, Thejawelie has assured all help and assistance towards such activities by legal services institutions.
Altogether, 25 stalls/ booths were setup at the mega legal service camp by different departments, organisations, institutions and NGOs. It informed that more than 1000 beneficiaries have availed various services and registered under various schemes.
Some of the departments and organisations which participated at the event included department of economics and statistics, BSNL, veterinary and animal husbandry, sericulture, postal, fisheries, childline, NEN enterprise, land resources, NAPAD, medical, NSACS, national tobacco control programme, social welfare, soil and water conservation, labour, cooperative society, horticulture, SAKHI one stop centre.
Legal help desk and assistance booth were also set up by Kohima DLSA. Panel lawyers have also assisted in providing free affidavits and drafting of legal documents during the mega legal service camp. Free birth and death certificates were issued during the camp. Besides, department of veterinary and animal husbandry provided free anti-rabies vaccination, while the office of chief medical officer provided free blood pressure test and general medical check-up.
The programme concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Limasenla Longkumer, NSLSA project coordinator.