Itanagar: Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday urged the top lawyers to provide free legal aid to the needy people who can not afford to pay a lawyer.
The Union Minister was addressing a gathering including members of legal fraternity in a function at Jarbom Gamlin Govt Law College (JGGLC) at Jote in Arunachal Pradesh’s Papum Pare district after inaugurating a Mega Legal Services Camp and Seva Aapke Dwar 2.0 programme at the college campus, according to official sources.
During the programme, Rijiju also inaugurated a Pro Bono Club at JGGLC, Jote. While laying the foundation stones for three projects namely, construction of court building for Judicial Magistrate First Class at Namsai, court building for District & Sessions Judge at Khonsa and court building for Judicial Magistrate at Bomdila, he congratulated the people of these three districts and promised to take responsibility for the construction of all the courts in Arunachal Pradesh.
On the occasion, Rijiju lauded the judges of district courts of Arunachal Pradesh for efficient and timely delivery of justice, thereby resolving many pending cases.
He called JGGLC a state property and said “it being the premier law institute of Arunachal is our pride and we need to put concerted efforts for its overall development”.
In his speech, Advisor to State’s Law & Justice Minister cum MLA Kento Jini said that the motto of Pro Bono Club is to instill in the minds of young lawyers the sense of responsibility of community services in the legal field.
He exhorted the students of the Law College to volunteer as ‘Nyay Bandhu’ in the Club to provide free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of the society.
During the day-long programme, organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) in collaboration with Papum Pare district administration, legal services including awareness on a wide range of legal issues were provided to the needy people, and benefits of large numbers of Govt’s welfare schemes given to the beneficiaries by the line departments.
Judges from Gauhati High Court Justice Suman Shyam, Justice Nani Tagia and Justice A D Chaudhary, local legislator Tana Hali Tara, Papum Pare DC Sachin Rana, SP Nyelam Nega, JGGLC Principal, district head of departments, members of APSLSA and Panchayat members were among others who attended the programme, sources added.