India to promote ‘tele-law’ legal aid services

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Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow / Feb 19, 2019
Union law and justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the Centre was striving to making every citizen get justice even as efforts were on to ensure that justice was available at the doorstep.
While launching the Nyaya Bandhu mobile application in New Delhi, he said the central policy was to ensure empowerment of common man by popularising technology to a level that it becomes an instrument of change.
The Centre has underlined its vision of the common service centres (CSC) dispensing services for tele-law throughout India. He informed a pilot project had already proven useful and more than 50,000 people had availed of the service in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and J&K.
Prasad said to encouraging social service among law fraternity, the collegium should also consider introducing provision for getting preference in appointment as judge if the advocate has substantive credit of providing pro-bono (free) service.
The government is pushing ahead its two key programmes viz. Tele-law Mainstreaming Legal Aid through CSC and Nyaya Bandhu (Pro Bono Legal Services), through leveraging different technology based channels to boost legal advice and aid.

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