Kohima, February 23: Under the banner of “From legal awareness to legal empowerment,” the 11th mega legal services camp was held here today at Kohima Local Ground under the aegis of Nagaland State Legal Services Authority and Kohima Legal Services Authority in collaboration with District Administration, Government Departments, Stake holders, Private Sectors (Banks) and NGOs.
The Camp was inaugurated by Justice N. Kotiswar Singh, Judge, Gauhati High Court and Executive Chairman of Nagaland State Legal Services Authority.
Speaking on the occasion, Singh gave an 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.
Justice N. Kotiswar Singh also spoke on the importance and purpose of organizing legal services and the impact it will create for the people in the State.
Chairing the function, Mezivolu T. Therieh, NJS, Member Secretary , Nagaland State Legal Services Authority said that so far 10 mega legal camps were conducted in different districts, which kick started in Longleng District in the month of March, 2018.
The Mega Legal Services Camp and Mini Camp has benefitted over 50,000 people as beneficiaries for availing entitlements and benefits under various Central & State Government Schemes. In terms of beneficiaries, Zunheboto District has recorded the highest number of beneficiaries amounting to 7500 beneficiaries.
Therieh also thanked the Labour Department for being the major contributor to the Mega Legal Services Camp which is providing full cooperation and support in registering Construction labors/workers under its Nagaland Building & other Construction Workers (NBOCW) Scheme.
In a short speech, Hoto Yeptho, Former Director of Land Resources Department remarked on the utility of Legal Services Camp which 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 promoting the Justice and rights for the weaker sections of people.
Yeptho also appealed to various Departments and stake holders to make every possible effort for reaching out and providing services at the grassroots level by taking assistance of Para-Legal Volunteers and Panel lawyers of Nagaland State Legal Services Authority. With the lack of resources and man power faced by the Government Departments, many schemes and entitlement cannot be reached to the rightful beneficiaries and therefore Yeptho opined that through this form of initiatives by way of organizing Legal Services Camp, Justice will be served to all the people.
Phuleto Yeptho, NJS, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kohima and Secretary of Kohima DLSA in his short speech highlighted on the importance and impact of Mega Legal Services 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. The venture of organizing Mega Legal Services camps and mini camps in sub divisions has the marked effect in uplifting the society and dignity of the people.
Phuleto also remarked that through the cooperation and join efforts by all the Departments, stakeholders, social welfare department which is the backbone in providing a number of welfare Schemes to the downtrodden, the Mega Legal Services Camp has achieved milestone showcasing true service to humanity by securing justice on basis of equal opportunity. He also said that the legal services authority main objective is to provide free legal services to the underprivileged in the form of different aid.
Gregory Thejawelie, Deputy Commissioner Kohima lauded the Departments participating at the Camp and the Legal Services Authority for reaching out to the many hidden beneficiaries in all corners of the State and providing the unreached ones a platform for receiving their entitlements and benefits.
Thejawelie further assured that District Administration will continue to render all help and assistance for such activities by Legal Services Institution as Administration act as an interface for connecting the citizens to the various Government Authorities.
Altogether, 25 Stalls/booths were setup at the mega Legal Services Camp by different Departments, organizations, institutions and NGOs and more than 1000 beneficiaries were recorded to have availed various services and registered under various Schemes. Some of the Departments and Organizations participated at the event includes Deptt. of Economics & Statistics, BSNL, Deptt. of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Sericulture Department, Postal Department, Fisheries Department, Child Line, NEN Enterprise, Land Resources, NAPAD, Medical Department, NSACS, National Tobacco Control Programme, Social Welfare Department, Soil & Water Conservation Department, Labour Department, Cooperative Society, Horticulture Department, SAKHI One Stop Center. Legal Help Desk and Assistance booth were also set up by Kohima DLSA.
At the Mega Legal Services Camp, Panel lawyers provided free affidavits and drafting of Legal Documents, free birth certificate and death certificate were issued, Department of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry provided free anti-rabies vaccination, Chief Medical Office provided free blood pressure test and general medical check-up, Medical Department rendered free TB test, District Administration, Kohima issued ST/PRC forms and enrolment to Adhaar Card.
The programme concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Limasenla Longkumer, Project Coordinator, Nagaland State Legal Services Authority.
(Page News Service)