Law minister Ravi shankar prasad launches three digital initiatives for poor

Law minister Ravi shankar prasad launches three digital initiatives for poor
Written by Pallavi Parmar

On 20 April, Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad launched three digital initiatives for poor named as Tele law service, Nyaya Mitra scheme and Pro bono legal services. He said that the primary focus being transparency, good governance and digital delivery of services using technology for providing access to justice is in tandem with the Digital India initiative. The aim of these schemes is to connect those in need of legal aid with lawyers through use of technology. Under Tele-law service one seeks to connect litigants with lawyers through video conferencing facilities. Under Nyaya Mitra, a retired judicial officer, or an executive officer with judicial experience, will be put in charge of assisting those suffering due to judicial delays. And under the Pro-bono legal services lawyers can register themselves to volunteer pro-bono services for litigants who are unable to afford it.

All about the three initiatives of law ministry

Tele-law service

Tele law service aims to facilitates legal advice for marginalized communities through an expert panel of lawyers stationed at State Legal Services Centres (SLCA). It would help to connect poor people with laywers by video conferencing through the common service centres (CSCs). The project would be launched across 1,800 panchayats in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, North Eastern states and Jammu and Kashmir.

Nyaya Mitra scheme

Nyaya Mitra scheme aims to reduce pendency of cases across selected districts, with a special focus on those pending for more than 10 years. This scheme would play a pivotal role in assisting litigants who are suffering due to delay in investigation or trial, by actively identifying such cases through the National Judicial Data Grid, providing legal advice and connecting litigants to government agencies and civil society organizations. This initiative would be launched in 227 districts—27 districts in the north east and J&K and 200 in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Odisha, Gujarat, West Bengal.

Pro-bono legal services

Pro bono legal services is a web-based initiative which can be accessed through the website using which litigants from marginalised communities who cannot afford legal services can apply for legal aid and advice from pro bono lawyers. The main purpose behind this online initiative is to promote the concept of legal aid in an institutionalized manner and ensure that those lawyers who volunteer for such services are duly recognized.

He also said “These initiatives will serve as a tool to give the poor, rural, marginalised communities a voice and ensure that everybody has equal access to justice”.

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