KCR bats for quality legal system

KCR bats for quality legal system
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Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao here on Saturday said the Telangana government was a people-friendly government and it would not become a litigant against its people on trivial issues. Addressing the gathering at inaugural session of the 14th All India Meet of State Legal Services here on Saturday, the Chief Minister stressed the need on setting up Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to reduce

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao here on Saturday said the Telangana government was a people-friendly government and it would not become a litigant against its people on trivial issues. Addressing the gathering at inaugural session of the 14th All India Meet of State Legal Services here on Saturday, the Chief Minister stressed the need on setting up Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to reduce stress on the regular courts, which are currently bogged down with pending cases.

He promised to extend all necessary help from the government to setting up mediation centres at all the district headquarters in the State, as proposed by the Hyderabad High Court. He also promised all necessary help for the smooth functioning of Legal Authority Services (LSA) in the State.

Union Minister for Law and Justice D V Sadananda Gowda said the Centre had decided to provide computer and hardware backup to all LSAs at the district and Taluk level. For this, he said, the Centre had allocated about Rs 140 core to National Legal Services Authority (NLSA) during 2016-17 in the Union Budget.

While appreciating the achievements of the NLSA, he, however, stressed need on providing quality services to the citizens to access justice. Executive Chairman and Supreme Court Judge Justice Anil R Dave said the All India Meet of State Legal Services Authorities would provide a platform to review failures and achievements and make plans for the improvement of the services in future.

Justice Dave said that NLSA had devised seven schemes to extend its services: victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation (VTCSE), workers in the unorganised sector (WIUS), children and their protection (CTP), mentally ill and mentally disabled persons (MMDP), effective implementation of poverty alleviation schemes (EIPA), protection and enforcement of tribal rights (PETR) and victims of drug abuse and eradication of drug menace (VDAEDM).

While another SC Judge Justice N V Ramana suggested to make Legal Services Authority as an independent body. In the wake of widespread reports of farmers committing suicides in distress, he asked the LSAs to extend their services to the farmers. Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries Aandhra Pradesh and Telangana State High Court Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale presented the details regarding achievements of the State Legal Services Authorities of both the States.

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