New Delhi, June 12: Everyone in our country is equal before the law. In spite of that civilians don’t always manage to get justice due to lack of legal knowledge. To provide legal aid services to the marginalized communities and citizens, the Government of India has launched the ‘Tele-Law’. Legal aid will be accessible to all with the help of the portal. In the first phase, the ‘Tele-Law’ scheme will be tested as a pilot across 500 Common Service Centres (CSC) in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
The Ministry of Law and Justice partnered with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to launch this. After understanding primary challenges necessary corrections will be made. In this manner, the scheme will be implemented across the country in phased manner.
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad expressed his happiness by saying that Tele-Law will fulfill the commitment to ensure access to justice & empowerment of the poor. Tele-Law will fulfill our commitment to ensuring access to justice & empowerment of the poor.
‘Tele-Law’ will enable people to seek legal advice from lawyers through video conferencing available at the Common Service Centres (CSC). Additionally, law school clinics, District Legal Service Authorities, voluntary service providers and Non-Government Organisations working on legal aid and empowerment can also be connected through the CSCs anywhere and anytime, in order to strengthen access to justice for the marginalized communities.
The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) will provide a panel of lawyers from State Capitals, who will be available through video conferencing to provide legal advice and counseling to the applicants, across the 1000 Common Service Centres (CSC).