STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: National Legal Services Day was celebrated in entire Jammu Division and various programmes and other activities were also held at all the district headquarters. At Udhampur, National Legal Services Day was celebrated in Udhampur today under which District Legal Services Authority under the chairmanship of Mohan LalManhas, Chairman District Legal Services Authority organized a legal awareness camp at JK Public School in which a large number of people participated. Speaking on the occasion, Chairman DLSA Manhas said that the aim of celebrating the Legal Services Day is to offer legal services to the people of weaker sections of society. He added that on this day, Lok Adalats are also being organized on the day to make safe the legal system operations and encourages the righteousness of people on the equality basis. He added that November 09 is observed as the Legal Services Day which was first started by the Supreme Court in the year 1995 all across the country to offer help and support to the weaker and poor sections of people as well as natural calamities victims. Secretary DLSA highlighted various free legal aid scheme and appeal needy to take benefits from these schemes. She added that DLSA and TLSC are organizing various camps in the districts of Udhampur related to the legal awareness. A cultural programme was also presented by school children on the occasion. Certificates of participation were also distributed to children on the occasion by DLSA Chairman. At Ramban, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) celebrated National Legal Services Day in District Court Complex under the chairmanship of Principal District and Sessions Judge Kishore Kumar who is also the chairman District Legal Services Authority Ramban. On the occasion, plantation drive was launched by the Chairman DLSA who planted a fruit sapling in the premises of district court. Meanwhile, a legal awareness camp besides a Lok Adalat was also held in which 50 cases were taken and 04 cases were decided. Legal awareness camp was addressed by the Chairman DLSA, Secretary DLSA, President Bar Association, T H Malik, Retainer Lawyers, Para Legal Volunteers and a large number of respectable persons. Speaking on the occasion, Chairman threw the light on Right to Education Act and economically backward quota in public schools, Mental Health Act, NALSA scheme “Legal Services to Mentally ill Persons with Mental Disabilities”. Chairman District Legal Services Authority appraise the gathering about Rights of Mentally ill persons, Powers and duties of Police Officers in respect of mentally ill persons, Provisions regarding appointing guardian of mentally ill persons and appointment of manager for management of property of mentally ill persons and duties of guardian and manager etc. He also made people aware about Lok Adalats, Pre litigation system and, different schemes launched by NALSA and SLSA for the benefit of people. At Reasi, District Legal Services Authority under the Chairmanship of Kamlesh Pandit, Chairman District Legal Services Authority (Principal District and Sessions Judge) celebrated National Legal Services Day. On the occasion a Legal Awareness Camp and Lok Adalat was held. The camp was attended by Kamlesh Pandit Chairman District Legal Services Authority Reasi, A S Langeh, Sub-Judge Chief Judicial Magistrate Chairman Tehsil Legal Services Committee Reasi, Anjum Ara, Secretary (Sub Judge), District Legal Services Authority, Reasi, Rimpi Rani, Munsiff JMIC Reasi, Assma Choudhary, Addl. Special Mobile Magistrate Reasi, President Bar Association and Members, Para Legal Volunteers and a large number of litigants. Speaking on the occasion, Kamlesh Pandit Chairman District Legal Services Authority Reasi threw light on different NALSA & SLSA schemes and made people aware about Lok-Adalats, Pre- litigation system and different schemes launched by NALSA and SLSA for the benefit of people and lauded the role of National Legal Services Authority and State Legal Services Authority for its efforts to provide justice on wheels at the door steps of litigants. Other speakers also spoke on the importance of the day. On the occasion, a Lok Adalat was also held in which 212 cases were taken and 23 cases were decided alongwith award for Rs 669430.00.
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