UPSC Exam Preparation: Topic of the Day – Tele Law Initiative
With a view to provide legal aid and services to the backward communities and the people in rural areas, the Tele Law Initiative was launched by the Ministry of Law and Justice in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). The legal services would be provided at the Panchayat levels across the country through the Common Service Centers.
- People can seek legal advice from the lawyers through video conferencing available at the Common Service Centers on the ‘Tele Law’ portal – a technology-enabled platform.
- The Non- government organizations, hospitals, law school clinics, district legal services authorities, voluntary service providers can also be connected through the Common Service Centers. This done with a view to improve the access to justice.
- The Para Legal Volunteer would be the initial point of contact. He would be involved in helping the people from the rural areas understand the legal matters, elaborately explaining the lawyer’s advice and also in providing assistance in further actions as per the lawyer’s advice.
- In order to encourage women entrepreneurship and empowerment, Women Para Legal volunteers would also be given the training to provide legal services through the Common Service Centres.
- A panel of lawyers will be provided by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in every state capitals to advice the applicants through video conferencing.
- To assess the quality of legal services being provided to the marginalized sections, a robust evaluation and monitoring system will be put in place by the government.
- The first phase will be implemented across 1800 panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir, North Eastern States, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
- The initiative would then be implemented on a Pan-India basis in a phased manner after making necessary corrections based on the challenges faced in the first phase.