Hon’ble Mr. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Judge, Supreme Court of India & Executive Chairman, NALSA has expressed the necessity for ensuring the legal protection to the marginalized sections of the society. He has also added that, State legal Services Authority is bound to ensure the legal aid to the weaker sections of the community, including women and children. He was delivering inaugural speech in the Legal Awareness Camp & Expo, for the vulnerable sections of the society, organised by KeLSA at the Vellar Craft village, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala as part of the Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav.
Even though many programmes are conducted by the Union and State Govt. for giving legal aid to the marginalized sections of the community, the results are not reached to the beneficiaries as they were not aware of either the existence of the above schemes or the knowledge that they are eligible for the same as a right. Hon’ble Mr. Justice U.U. Lalit has also expressed that the free legal aid shall be made available to them.
He has pointed out that Legal Services Authority is duty bound to arrange facilities to ensure that legal aid activities are reaching to the eligible people through the Legal Services Institutions. The service of the Legal Services Institutions shall reach every nook and corner of the State. Indian Constitution provides free legal aid to each and every eligible citizen. Hence there should be programmes for making the beneficiaries capacitated enough to avail the above benefits by providing awareness.
Ho’ble Mr. Justice K. Vinod Chandran, Executive Chairman , Kelsa, Hon’ble Mr. Justice S.V. Bhatti, Portfolio Judge of Thiruvanthapuram, Ho’ble Mr. Justice Alexander Thomas, President, Board of Governors, KSMCC, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mohamed Mustaque, Chairman, High Court Legal Services Committee, Advocate General, Addl. Chief Secretary, DGP & State Police Chief, President Bar Association, Thiruvananthapuram and other dignitaries attended the programme.