Crime victims receive Rs 33.65 lakh compensation
Kohima, August 11: The National Lok Adalats conducted by Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) in 2018 disposed off a total of 1044 cases with a settlement amount of Rs 3,43,93,000.
According to the annual administrative report of the Department of Justice and Law which was laid in the just concluded State Assembly by Minister C M Chang, revealed that NSLSA held 5 National Lok Adalat, (peoples’ court) all across the State which constituted 47 Lok Adalat Benches headed by District Judges, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Civil Judge who acted as presiding officers and the Panel Lawyers serving as conciliators along with the Para Legal Volunteers who acted as members.
The National Lok Adalat through conciliatory and pervasive efforts could take up a total of 2003 cases for settlement and disposed of a total of 1044 cases before the jurisdiction of the Lok Adalat Benches.
The total settlement amount involved in the disposed cases amounting of three crore 43 lakhs ninety three thousand rupees only, the report stated.
It also maintained that cases taken up and dealt at the Lok Adalat includes Bank recovery, the Negotiable Instruments Act cases under section 138, Criminal compoundable cases, Public utility disputes and Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT) cases.
It maintained that Mobile Lok Adalats were also conducted where the District Legal services institution with the assistance of Traffic Police conducted traffic challan inspection under various traffic regulations.
The report also revealed that under the Nagaland Victim Compensation Scheme, 2012 a total 22 people were granted compensation amounting to of 33 lakh 65 thousand rupees.
NSLSA had received a total of 32 application claiming compensation under the scheme last year, wherein 22 applicants received compensation amounting to Rs 33.65 lakh, while 10 applications though decided for awarding compensation is pending sanction and release from the state government.
Mention may be made here that the state government earmarks a separate budget for the purpose of the scheme every financial year and the fund for the scheme is operated by the Home Department (under Relief & Rehabilitation Branch).
Any victim is eligible for the grant of compensation who have suffered loss or injury as a result of crime and require rehabilitation and provided that victim lodged FIR or reported the crime to the judicial magistrate.
As per the provision of the law, legal services institutions in the state hold the responsibility to examine and verify the content of the claim, other relevant information determining the amount of compensation to be awarded and disbursing the awarded compensation to the victim or his dependent, the report added. (Page News Service)