NEW DELHI: Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju, along with Minister of State for Law and Justice SP Baghel, launched the Citizen’s Tele-Law mobile app and honoured the Department of Justice’s Tele-Law Frontline Functionaries.
The event honoured 124 Frontline functionaries from various parts of the country, including paralegal volunteers, village-level entrepreneurs, panel lawyers, and state coordinators.
The app was launched as part of the Department of Justice’s ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, which ran from November 8 to November 14. The Law Ministry’s Department of Justice launched this week-long campaign to empower people through pre-litigation advice for rightfully claiming their entitlements and timely redressal of difficulties.
In his remarks at the event, Kiren Rijiju stated that a new India is being created through Prime Minister Modi’s vision of Digital India and that the scheme has resulted in the development of the e-interface platform Tele Law.
The minister stated that the platform’s goal is to achieve ‘Sabka Prayas Sabka Nyay’. During the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, he issued a call for people to band together to make common people self-sufficient and justice accessible to them.
Kiren Rijiju has also announced the expansion of Tele-Law in 75,000 Gram Panchayats across all states and UTs as part of India’s 75th Independence celebrations.
What Does The App Do
According to the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Citizens’ Tele-Law Mobile App aims to broaden access to increased legal information and empower the masses to identify their problem and choose the appropriate forum of dispute redressal to claim their entitlements and rights by connecting the beneficiary directly to the Panel Lawyer or with the assistance of Para Legal Volunteers, Village Level Entrepreneurs, in the case of a beneficiary.
The use of communications and information technology for the transmission of legal information and advice is referred to as tele-law. The video-conferencing technology available at the CSCs would be used for this e-interaction between lawyers and people.
The idea behind Tele-Law is to make legal assistance more accessible by utilising a panel of lawyers stationed at state Legal Services Authorities (SALSA) and CSC. The idea begins with Para-Legal Volunteers stationed at 50,000 CSCs connecting citizens with lawyers via video conferencing facilities.
The consultation is free for those who qualify for free legal aid under Section 12 of the Legal Service Authority, while others can pay Rs 30 per consultation, according to DoJ.
Rijiju urged lawyers to join the Tele-Law movement and provide legal advice and consultation as the first steps toward providing legal aid services.
The MoS, SP Baghel, also stated that the Citizens’ Tele-Law Mobile App would be a first of its kind, as part of our constitutional mandate to provide equal opportunities before the law, every citizen would now be entitled to have access to a lawyer with the tap of a finger. He also emphasised that the Mobile App’s features would be available in the form of an e-tutorial in all scheduled languages, and he urged frontline functionaries to ensure maximum reach.
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