Golaghat, July 15: A two-day training programme for legal services lawyers began here today.
The programme, organised by the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Golaghat, under the aegis of the Assam State Legal Services Authority (ASLSA), is meant for DLSA-empanelled lawyers of Zone-I districts, comprising Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Siva-sagar, Jorhat and Golaghat. It is being attended by judges of Gauhati High Court and judicial officers of several districts.
Delivering the keynote address, Justice Hrishikesh Roy of Gauhati High Court and executive chairman of ASLSA, asked the lawyers to strive to achieve their utmost potential and provide legal services to the poor and needy who cannot afford to pay fees.
"India being a welfare state, we have a large number of poverty-alleviation schemes to enable the citizens get access to amenities and services so that they can lead a life with dignity. But the benefits of these schemes do not reach the most needy people due to a variety of reasons. We, at the Assam State Legal Services Authority, believe that interactions with the departments concerned will definitely ensure that the benefits reach the targeted group. As a step in this direction, on April 6 last year, thereach-out and respond programme, named Xahari, was inaugurated by ASLSA, whereby we try to bridge the gap between the providers of beneficiary schemes and the needy people," Roy said.
"The initiative of the legal services authority is targeted for the uninformed and the vulnerable segment who are oblivious of their legal rights and are reconciled to suffer in silence," he added.