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Tele-Law - A Legal Aid Initiative

 Tele-Law - A Legal Aid Initiative

 Tele-Law - A Legal Aid Initiative

Govt. of India has launched the "Tele-Law" scheme to establish law and order in rural sectors of India. Under this scheme, legal consultation would be given at free of cost through the Common Service Centers (CSC) across the rural areas especially in the states UttrarPradesh and Bihar of India.This initiative is generally started on "Pilot" basis and must be expanded in step by step after necessary corrective measures.

Objectives of The Tele-Law Scheme-
The main motto of this scheme is to make the legal aid easily available to the poor marginalized communities of rural India. The citizens of UttarPradesh and Bihar must get legal consultation at free of cost at Panchayat level through the 1000 CSCs situated in those states. Another objective of this scheme is to confirm the legal access to the poor to get justice. There will be approximately 2.5 Lakh CSCs across India in future. These CSCs must be capable to provide internet based services by the Govt. to the citizens.

Implementation of the Tele-Law-
The Tele-Law scheme is launched by the Ministry of Law and Justice in a partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to facilitate the service of legal consultation to the people living in rural areas. The consultation would be given to the common people who seeks legal advice through video conference by the lawyers. Under the scheme,

  • There will be a portal named "Tele-Law".
  • The portal must be accessed in every Common Service Centers of India.
  • This portal will create a link between the legal advisors and common people through the technology-based platforms.
  • People can seek help from the legal advisors through video conference.
  • Apart from that, various law schools, Voluntary Service Service Center, District legal Service Centers and Non- Govt. organizations, which work on the legal issues and empowerment are also be connected 24* 7 through CSCs. 
  • The lawyers, who would be available through the video conference, are selected through a panel of of the lawyers from capitals of the states. 
  • The panel must be provided by NALSA (National Legal Services Authority).
  • The lawyers must have the responsibilities to provide proper counseling and legal advice to the applicants across the 1000 CSCs. 
  • An unique evaluation and monitoring system would be designed to execute the whole process in a perfect manner so that the common people must be benefited.
  • There must be a team of 1000 Para Legal Volunteers (PLV) in the 1000 CSCs of the two states.

Function of PLVs-
  • In case of any legal problem of the citizens, they must contact with the PLVs at first.
  • They must help the people to understand the legal issue. They also explain the legal advice given by the lawyers and must assist them to take further action as per as the need of the case.
  • Women PLVs are encouraged to join under the scheme. The main aim of this scheme is to encourage the empowerment and entrepreneurship of women. They must be provided essential training to perform their duties effectively.
  • The trained PLVs must be available in the service centers for 10 days per month.
  • Training must be given on the social justice laws i.e. fundamental law, right to information, citizen rights, gender laws, labour laws, child rights etc.
This scheme must increase the legal literacy among the common people and help them in their needs by providing free legal aid.
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