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Legal authorities organise awareness programmes

By EMN Updated: Jan 21, 2021 10:02 pm
DLSA officials along with the participants during an awareness programme on ‘Senior Citizens Maintenance Act’ at NIELIT, Meriema, Kohima.

Dimapur, Jan. 21 (EMN): District Legal Services Authorities (DLSA) organised awareness and sensitisation programmes on various fronts in the last few days.

An update from the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) stated that DLSA attended a seminar of the Good Samaritan Society on January 15 to create awareness on ‘Senior Citizens Maintenance Act’ as part of the ongoing training of senior citizens helpline in Nagaland.

It stated that a retainer lawyer of Kohima DLSA Sunjib Rana spoke on “Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen’s Act ” which was introduced in the year 2007. He illustrated how one should take care of the senior citizens considering them as their own parents and added that the Act deals with the maintenance of parents and senior citizens by their children or relatives, grandchildren, who might possibly inherit the property of a senior citizen.

The maintenance included those who are unable to maintain themselves through their own earnings or whose income is insufficient, to apply for maintenance from their children, grandchildren etc. He added that monthly maintenance may be awarded up to INR 10,000.

Panel lawyer Vimeno Nakhro also spoke on the schemes laid down by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and government. The NALSA scheme for senior citizens, introduced in the year 2016, considered persons above the age of 60 years as senior citizens. The main objective of the NALSA scheme was to create and spread awareness about the rights and entitlements of the senior citizens under various laws and governmental schemes laid down by the state government. She further stated that there are about 13 schemes made for the senior citizens.

The programme was held at NIELIT, Meriema, Kohima.

In Mokokchung, DLSA members along with two personnel from the women cell visited two police stations and discussed the rights of arrested persons and the importance of early access to justice at pre-arrest, arrest and remand. The members have also highlighted the services rendered by DLSA to the officers-in-charge.

In Wokha, DLSA members sensitised the children and youth on ‘Juvenile Justice Act’, ‘Prohibition of child labour and other legal rights’ during a programme held on January 18.

It stated that para-legal volunteers namely Mhajamo Khuvung, Lichumo Kikon, Ajano Ngullie and Shanchobeni P Lotha, Wokha DLSA project assistant, took part in the awareness programme.

The Wokha DLSA also jointly organised a legal awareness on health and various social welfare schemes with the students of Indianeers Skill Academy at Longsa legal aid clinic, Wokha. It stated para-legal volunteer Ajano Ngullie spoke on various legal rights as well as on health and social welfare schemes, while Lichumo Kikon, PLV and trainer ISA, highlighted various skill development programmes.

It added that spot registration to undergo a free skill development training was also conducted in which eight beneficiaries were registered under PMKVY scheme.

By EMN Updated: Jan 21, 2021 10:02:46 pm