KOHIMA, JANUARY 30: A 1-day state-level training for Para Legal Volunteers (PLVs) under the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) was conducted on January 29 at the Commissioner Circuit House, Kohima.
NSLSA member secretary N. Longshithung Ezung, NJS in his keynote address upheld that Para Legal Volunteers (PLVs) are “the link to the beneficiaries, directly connecting people at the grassroot to stakeholders.” He asserted that PLVs can play a pivotal role in carrying out awareness, identifying beneficiaries and connecting them to schemes. Towards this, the MS called the PLVs to take opportune of the training to learn, refresh oneself and explore roles of PLVs.
Secretary (Judicial), Department of Justice & Law, Nino Iralu, NJS gave a call to the PLVs “to work with a missionary zeal.” Iralu said PLVs can bridge the gap between people and justice system through use of Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 and bring people needing legal aid and advice to the Legal Services Authorities.
DSP Traffic Kohima, Manon Wallim, NPS speaking on the practical aspects of PLVs in police stations asserted that the attached PLVs are the first point of contact between victims, accused, complainants or family members who can play important roles in helping them with accessible rights and entitlements.
Raitale Zeliang, programme manager, State Child Protection, Kohima speaking on the issues relating to child rights and protection stated that though there many acts, legislations, schemes that have been implemented for the child in present times, however, many children still remains deprived of their rights. This, she said, was due to poor implementation of laws and schemes and lack of knowledge among the stakeholders and public.
Kezhosano Kikhi, Project Coordinator, NSLSA gave a broad outline on social security schemes – Right to Education Act, Victim Compensation scheme and Food Security scheme. The schemes will also be taken up on priority in the yearlong action plan.
Project Assistant, NSLSA Neisezonuo Liegise presented on maintenance of PLVs activity register, activities and reports. PLVs – Yemlong Chaba (Tuensang), Lipokienba (Dimapur), Bendangsenla (Mokokchung) shared experiences.
The interactive session was moderated by Cherry Ovung, Project Coordinator, NSLSA. The training was attended by 67 PLVs from across the State.
(Page News Service)