Shillong: To enable the general public to avail of legal aid during this second wave of COVID-19, the Member Secretary, Meghalaya State Legal Services Authority (MSLSA) has informed that the public can reach out to it office by calling toll free number 1800-345-3662, 9089392382, 9615573442 and 9774180179 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It may be mentioned that the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 was enacted by the Parliament to give effect to Article 39 A of the Constitution of India which guarantees free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society to ensure that they are not denied access to justice by reason of economic or other disability.
As provided under Section 6 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, the Government of Meghalaya has set up the Meghalaya State Legal Services Authority (MSLSA) in July 1998.
The office of the MSLSA is presently housed in the building of the Additional Secretariat, Shillong below the MATI building. In order to ensure that the objectives of the Act are translated into reality, and that the constitutional guarantees are fulfilled to the people of the State, the MSLSA have devised a comprehensive legal services programme in the form of legal aid through helplines to assist the public in need of legal aid during this second wave of COVID-19.
It is expected that the legal aid reaches the targeted sections of society leading us towards the goal of “Access to Justice for All”.