Dimapur, November 10: Justice Manish Choudhury, Judge, Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench today highlighted that “Legal Services Authorities were constituted to bring out a structured programme to render pro bono services and achieve the goals of Article 39 (A) under the Constitution of India.”
He was speaking at Bar Room, Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench during a legal awareness programme organized by High Court Legal Services Committee, Kohima Bench.
Speaking on the core aims and objectives of the National Legal Services day, he observed that pro bono services to various needy persons was unstructured prior to the passing of Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 by the Parliament. To bring out a structured programme and particularly to provide legal assistance to the weaker sections of the society, needy and downtrodden and those people who suffer from various disabilities, Legal Services Authorities were therefore constituted in November 1995.
With the various provisions of the Act, various levels of authorities at the apex- the National Legal Services Authorities, state, district and taluk level has been constituted, he said and also added that Supreme Court and High Court has Legal Services Committee are present.
The judge also underpinned the existence and functioning of Legal Services Authorities is important in achieving the goal of the Constitutions Article 39 (A) under the Directive Principles of state to provide legal aid to the needy.
He also noted that another primary cause is to organize Lok Adalats from time to time for speedy resolution of cases especially in litigation cases.
On the occasion, the Judge also expressed his satisfaction at rendering ones services through the Legal assistance by the Legal Services Authorities where he called the attendance present to spread awareness of the provisions of the Act or legal aids.
Kezhokhoto Savi, Advocate and President, NVCO & Professor Kohima Law College spoke on the topic, Consumer awareness campaign relating to food safety and security.
Speaking on the outline of the Right to Safety- both goods and services and Right to Information and giving reference to the state, he opined that the state of Nagaland, particularly nodal departments has till date remained very lenient and complacent towards implementing the Food Safety Act.
Under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006, defaulters carrying out business without license or for misleading advertisements, falsely describing quality of food etc is punishable with imprisonment and fine upto Rs. 10 lakhs.
As a consumer, one also must be very careful on information given on packages, he said and later cited instances of the Popular bakery, fresh fruit raids, formalin laced fish that had been rampantly operating in the market were busted but might still be operating in the market.
On several occasions, the state has been directed by the Supreme Court and Government of India to set up a slaughter house for the purpose of quality, he said and lamented that the state government still lacks price monitoring committee, for which, the common people or consumers becomes victims of unmonitored price rise during acute fall on supply due to calamities or road condition or unchecked forms of extortions and taxation on check gates.
Presiding over the programme, Neiko Akami, NJS Registrar Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench called to retrospect the Legal Services Authorities and informed that the state has a total strength of 56 legal clinics, 104 Panel Lawyers, 110 Legal Literacy Clubs and has disposed more than 350 cases through Lok Adalat sitting this year. He apprised on the set-up and hierarchical structure of the state Legal service authority. Additionally, he informed that the High Court Legal Services Committee, Kohima which has been recently set up will also empanel 10 lawyers. Earlier, Albert and Aviko presented a song.
DLSAs conducts cleanliness drive
In conscience with the Legal Day, the District Legal Services Authority Panel Lawyers and Para Legal Volunteers carried out Cleanliness drive at Kohima- Naga Hospital Authority Kohima; Moinang Park Longleng, Kiphire town, City Tower area, Dimapur, Peren town square, Zunheboto District Hospital, Mokokchung town and Phek district, Tuensang Civil Hospital as well. Legal Awareness programmes were also organized on various topics.
(Page News Service)