Ek Pahal Drive: A Pan-India Special Campaign called “Ek Pahal / एक पहल” drive for Justice Delivery at doorstep was recently launched by the Ministry of Law and Justice.
Key Points about EK Pahal Campaign:
- This campaign was launched by Department of Justice and National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
- It was launched on 17 September 2021 in a bid to encourage mass registration under Tele-Law.
Note: Tele-Law means the use of communications and information technology for the delivery of legal information and advice.
- Department of Justice has partnered with NALSA and CSC e-Governance Service India Limited for mainstreaming legal aid to the marginalized communities through Common Services Center (CSC).
- The Ek Pahal campaign will run across the India from 17th September till 2nd October.
Justice in Preamble:
- The Preamble to the Constitution of India has recognised Justice as the first deliverable for the Indian citizens.
- A successful and vibrant democracy is where every citizen not only get guaranteed justice, but where justice is equitable.
- This principal mandates for State to create an environment where justice-delivery is looked as a citizen-centric service rather than a sovereign function.
What is the significance of Tele law?
- The significance of Tele law is that provides pre-litigation advice or consultation to beneficiaries by Panel Lawyers.
- This medium uses a huge network by covering 51,434 Common Service Centres across 50,000 Gram Panchayats in 633 districts of 34 States & UTs.
- It will also be holding 4100 Legal Aid Clinics to give pre-litigation or legal advice to common citizens with the help of Panel Lawyers and Para-Legal Volunteers.
- Awareness programmes will also be launched at village level on legal aid in 672 districts.
- The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.
- It was established on 9 November 1995.
- The principal objective of NALSA is to provide free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society and to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities, and to organize Lok Adalats for amicable settlement of disputes.
- The current Executive of NALSA is Hon’ble Mr. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit.