Nagaland State Legal Service Authority holds annual meet on A2J project
Dimapur, Jan. 31: Nagaland State Legal Service Authority (NSLSA) held its 2nd phase annual meeting on ‘Access to justice project’ (northeast & JK)- a project of Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India, being implemented by NSLSA in Tuensang and Mon district on January 27 at CKs Hall, Tuensang.
Altogether 85 participants attended the 2nd phase annual meeting on access to justice project. The participants were judicial officers of Mon and Tuensang, panel lawyer, NGO representatives, PLVs of 46 Legal Aid Clinics (LACs) under Mon and Tuensang, GBs and DBs, and Project Team Nagaland. The officials from Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India, also grace the occasion.
The programme was chaired by Nokshei Kano, judicial magistrate first class -cum- secretary Tuensang DLSA. The welcome address was presented by Nino Iralu, member secretary NSLSA, while the keynote address was delivered by SC Barmma, joint secretary of Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, GoI.
An overview of Access to Justice (A2J) Project in Nagaland was presented by Limasenla Longkumer, Project Coordinator, A2J, Nagaland.
The access to justice project in Tuensang and Mon districts in Nagaland was launched since November 2014 to provide legal aid and legal awareness to the marginalised community in the two most backwards district of Nagaland. Even though this two projected districts have been cut off from the main stream disadvantaged by its topographical location and isolated by internal conflict and insurgency, the project has been successfully implemented overcoming any obstacles and challenges.
The project was implemented with the strength of 16 trained panel lawyers and 92 PLVs including 44 from Mon and 48 from Tuensang along with 30 -40 students from Kohima Law College, 2 NGOs and Gaonburas and Dobashis of both the districts.
Under the project, 46 Legal Aid Clinics (LACs) were successfully established including 24 in Tuensang and 22 in Mon. Each of the LACs is manned by 2 trained PLVs with the assistance of the panel lawyers. All the LACs are functional and witnessed many success stories and increasing response from the villagers.
From October 2014- Oct 2016, a number of 11,202 beneficiaries have been benefitted through the A2J Project by way of advice, counselling, drafting, door to door campaign by the PLVs, conducting of legal awareness programmes and providing court based legal services. The beneficiaries included women, children, senior citizens and village council members.
Mentioned may be made that under the access to justice project, PLV from Tuensang Yemlong Chaba from Chingmei LAC brought laurel to the State by winning the Best Zonal PLV (North East Zone) from Justice TS Thakur, former Chief Justice of India .
Premlata Kaushik, Under Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, GoI, delivered a short speech on behalf of the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, GoI.
Meanwhile, report on the activities carried out on A2J Project in Nagaland was presented by the representatives of Tuensang and Mon DLSAs, PLVs of Mon and Tuensang, panel lawyers of Mon and Tuensang district and GBs, DBs and NGOs. Dr. Manazir J Samoon, ADC Tuensang, and Bharat Laxman Mukard, SDPO, Tuensang, were also present during the interaction hour.
The Project Team of Nagaland along with the officials from Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, GoI, visited various LACs in Tuensang district.