Raipur, September 11: TS Thakur Chief Justice of India while addressing ‘Protection and Enforcement of Tribal Rights’ a workshop organized by State Legal Services Authority in Raipur said that empowering backward and weaker sections of society is part of good governance.
Tribal people deserve to enjoy benefits provided by government schemes he believes. He said tribal people are dwelling in various areas of the nation right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and constitute nearly 33 per cent population of Chhattisgarh.
He further said that the chief objective of National Legal Service Authority is to end discrimination between rich and poor, to make backward, weak and uneducated people aware of their rights and provide them necessary legal help for ensuring justice.
“For this, NALSA has laid seven rules, which include protection and enforcement of rights of tribals and provision of legal services to workers of unorganized sectors, children, mentally ill people, addicts, victims of trafficking and commercial sex exploitation,” Thakur said. The seven rules of NALSA not only protect the rights of people belonging to weaker and backward sections of society but also ensure implementation of state government schemes benefitting common man at large.
Chief Justice said appointment of paralegal volunteers and panel lawyers should also be done from tribal communities so that they may create awareness among their communities regarding their rights in a better way. Supreme Court Judge Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre , Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court Deepak Gupta and Chief Minister Raman Singh were also present on the occasion.