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Sunday , June 22 , 2014
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CJ call to monitor welfare schemes

- Banumathi for legal aid at community level

Ranchi, June 21: Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court R. Banumathi today urged the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) to monitor legal aid programmes and ensure that the benefits of all welfare schemes reach the people at the grassroots level.

Speaking at a seminar on “Role and Responsibilities of DLSAs in Effective Implementation of Legal Services Authorities Act and Schemes”, the Chief Justice urged the district body to reach out to the common people.

Also, she said they could take the social welfare department’s help for proper implementation of several key legislations.

Citing the example of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, Banumathi said there were numerous stakeholders like police, social workers, advocates, observation homes, rehabilitation centres and so on. Often the objective of the legislation is undermined owing to a communication gap and lack of coordination among different agencies, she explained.

“The DLSAs should adopt a human face and try to bridge this gap. The members should check observation homes in their respective districts for basic amenities like drinking water, food etc.,” said the Chief Justice.

Jharkhand Legal Services Authority (JHALSA) executive chairman and high court judge Justice D.N. Patel said the district-level outfits had a good network of para-legal volunteers. “These volunteers can help create awareness among poor people about different welfare schemes and policies of the central and state governments,” he said.