Dimapur, May 2: The Tuensang District Legal Service Authority (TDLSA) conducted camp on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) method and its benefit by conducting Mini Lok Adalat on April 30 at Principal District & Session’s Court complex.
The TDLSA, in collaboration with the Power Department served 15 summons and out of 7 that turned up, 2 cases were settled with an amount of Rs. 101,050.22.
The TDLSA also held its monthly Under Trial Review Committee (UTRC) meeting on April 29 at District Jail, Tuensang.
During the meet, Under Trial Prisoners (UTPs) were examined as to their rights and entitlements under the law. However, among the 22 UTPs lodged at District jail as of April 29, none of them were found eligible for free legal aid.
Further, the problems faced in the administration of the district jail were addressed.
It was observed that Tuensang District Jail had no regular medical officer but only a visiting doctor. It had also one pharmacist but no medical staff or attendants. As a consequence when the sick prisoners were taken outside the jail the security personnel have to do the job of both attendant and security.
It was also observed that the annual budgetary allocation for prisoners’ medical expenses were low while the annual medical expenses were higher. As a consequence, there were constraints and inconveniences in the proper treatment of sick prisoners.
It was highlighted that as per the jail manual as applicable in the state there has to be a hospital for each district jail, a regular medical officer, staffs and attendants.
It was highlighted that all medical expenses incurred for the treatment of sick prisoners has to be borne by the jail authority. In the event a sick prisoner has to be treated in a private hospital or clinic due inadequate medical facilities in government hospitals/ clinics, the jail authority still has to bear medical expenses.
It was also highlighted that, in emergency case the superintendent of jail was well within his power to call for police security to take the sick prisoner outside the jail for immediate treatment in anticipation of the magistrate’s order.
The meeting was attended by Victo Sema, PD&SJ/ Chairman UTRC, Bharat Markad, SP Tuensang, K. Hamtok Phom, Supdt. of Jail Tuensang, Moasunep K. Jingru, EAC (Sadar), Y. Chbasangle, Asst. Jailor, Soteth Anar, Panel Lawyer and Yimtsusangla Chang, Project Asst. TDLSA.
Under trial Review Committee (UTRC) Mokokchung conducted its monthly sitting at the District Jail premises on April 30 under the aegis of the Mokokchung District Legal Services Authority.
The UTRC Mokokchung consisting of Mokokchung DC Rajesh Soundararajan, IAS, Raguramarajan, IPS, SP Mokokchung, WV Patton, Secretary Mokokchung District Legal Services Authority and Chingmak Chang, Assistant Jailor.
It reviewed the status of the under trial prisoners and convicts as per the Standard Operating Procedure formulated by the National Legal Services Authority under the directions of the Supreme Court in WP(C) No 406/13 titled Re-Inhuman Conditions in 1382 prisons.
The status of the inmates were found to be satisfactory while the district jail authority was requested to follow up on the medical evaluation status of one inmate as per the previous recommendation of the UTRC.
After the sitting, the UTRC Mokokchung visited the district jail campus along with Sentinaro, District Project Assistant, MDLSA and Tajungla, Panel Lawyer i/c Jails and met with the inmates.
Possibility of introducing vocational training facilities and other welfare activities for the inmates were discussed. Provision of medical aid facilities were also discussed and requested the jail authorities to follow up in the next session.
The Phek District legal services authority held the monthly UTRC at district and sessions judge chamber on April 30. Members present were N Longshithung Ezung, chairman, UTRC, Vrinda Shukla, SP Phek, Samuel Ritse, Govt pleader, Phek, Namang Sepong Chang, SDO(c),Phek, Dozhoyi Ciikhamu , Asst. Jailor, Phek.
(Page News Service)