Srinagar, Apr 9: Union Minister for Law and Justice, Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said that the Legal Aid Defense Counsel (LADC) system would be fruitful in helping the marginalized sections of society who have no access to justice.
Addressing after the inauguration of the office of LADC at Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centre in District Complex Budgam, Rijiju emphasized the need to providing Legal Assistance at Pre-arrest, Arrest and Remand Stage to the downtrodden people of the society, thereby giving them access to justice.
Rijiju said that the objective of organizing awareness regarding legal aid services is to educate people about their legal rights and easy access to the justice delivery system. He said that constitutional rights should not only be upheld but also promoted.
The Union Minister emphasized on empowerment of citizens with legal Literacy saying that Para-Legal Volunteers (PLVs) are playing an important role in bridging the gap between citizens and legal aid providers through Nyaya Bandhu and Tele-Law Services by both offline and digital services.
He emphasized that Nyaya Bandhu and Tele-Law Services are instrumental in providing legal aid to the deserving.
Rijiju said that doors of justice are open to all without any discrimination of rich and poor and it is being ensured that no innocent is punished and no guilty is spared.
He added that the Union Government has taken various initiatives to reduce the pendency of cases in all courts ensuring prompt justice delivery.
He said measures have been taken to ensure citizens including those living in remotest areas of the country have easy access to justice.
Appreciating people of Jammu and Kashmir as hearty and always overwhelming, the Union Minister said they have full faith in the Justice delivery system.
“Kashmir is a paradise on earth, and people here are so privileged to live blissfully in this heaven”, he maintained.
Lauding the role of J&K Legal Services Authority, the Union Minister said that the institute is ensuring delivery of justice in an efficient and competent manner.
Chief Justice of the High Court of J&K and Ladakh, Justice N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Tashi Rabstan, Executive Chairman JKLSA were also present during the function.
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