Project ‘Access to Justice’ launched

JAMMU: Joint Secretary, Department of Justice Government of India Mr. Parveen Garg today launched the project “Access to Justice- NE and J&K” in the J&K State.

The project has been approved by the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) Government of India, a plan under the 12th Five Year Plan for the period of five years (2012-17). The project is being implemented in the eight states of North East region and Jammu & Kashmir State in consultation with respective State Legal Services Authorities with the project cost of Rs. 30 crore.

The objectives of the project are to sensitize the marginalized and underprivileged sections of society particularly women, children, Scheduled Castes and Tribal Communities about their legal rights by organizing awareness camps, adding that it would improve the knowledge of people about their right and their access to legal services. It also focuses on supporting justice delivery systems in improving their capacities to serve the people and in empowering the ordinary people to demand improved services and to access their rights and entitlements. Moreover, the project would also support innovative activities to enhance legal awareness of the underprivileged populations and their ability to seek justice.

As many as six Focused Group Discussions (FGD) would be conducted in each State covering 6 blocks in the 3 selected districts. The number of participants would be 30-35 persons with proportionate representation from both the genders.  The Legal Aid employees would impart training to the individuals of NGOs who would be engaged for assessment study to identify gaps in the legal empowerment of people.

Director, Department of Justice, Mr. V. K. Singh, Secretary Law, Mr. M. Ashraf Mir, Registrar General J&K High Court, Mr. Suresh Kumar, Secretary, High Court Legal Services Authority Mr. Ravinder Wattal, Additional Secretary Law, Mr. Achal Sethi, Project officer, Mr. Amikar Parwar, Administrative Officers, State legal Services Authority, Mr. Shiv Lal Sharma, Law Officer Home Department, Syed Sarfaraz Rezvi,, representatives from NGOs were also present.

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