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SLSA Chandigarh starts one week campaign for vulnerable sections of society

Yadavindra S Rana | February 05, 2022 06:48 PM

CHANDIGARH:Under the dynamic  guidance of Mr Justice Ravi Shankar Jha, Chief Justice Punjab and
Haryana High Court and Patron in Chief, State Legal Services Authority, (SLSA), Chandigarh. Ms.
Justice Ritu Bahri, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court-cum-Executive Chairperson of State Legal
Services Authority, U.T. Chandigarh inaugurated a campaign for vulnerable sections of the society
i.e. women, children, senior citizens and workers working in the unorganized sector from February 5-
11 at Village Maloya in order to assess the feasibility of setting up an integrated Legal Aid Clinic for
them by involving maximum Para Legal Volunteers of District Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh,
Law students, etc. as per the mandates of the schemes launched by NALSA.
Mr. Justice, Arun Monga, Judge, Ms. Justice Alka Sarin, Judge, and Mr. Justice, Jasjit Singh
Bedi, Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh and Mr Surender Kumar, Member
Secretary, State Legal Services Authority and Mr. Ashok Kumar Mann, Secretary, District Legal
Services Authority, Chandigarh along with other officers of Chandigarh Administration i.e. Dr. Shruti
Bedi, Professor, University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh; Mrs. Navjot
Kaur, PCS, Director Social Welfare, Chandigarh; Dr. Abdul Qayum, Deputy Conservator of Forests,
Chandigarh and Mr Varun Beniwal, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Labour Department, Chandigarh
were also present at the occasion.
The judges along with others senior officers of different department of Chandigarh
Administration interacted with the local residents of village Maloya and listened to their grievances. 
Further, study materials along with food items were also distributed to the children present there.
  The Judges along with officers of the Chandigarh Administration also visited the Snehalaya,
Maloya, Chandigarh i.e. Children Home for Boys and interacted with the children in the class room
and Hon’ble Judges distributed food packets and gifts to the children.
The Integrated Legal Aid Clinic will include the Daily Services like Vocational Courses and
Tuition Classes. On weekend Hobby Classes will be conducted for the children.
The Weekly Services will include :
Monday

Educational / Career Counselling Program in association with Education
Department
Labour Department providing assistance through Labour Card and E-
shram Card.

Tuesday Children related schemes to be run by District Child protection Unit i.e.
Sponsorship, foster care and other services available for children.

Wednesday

Women Cell of Chandigarh Police to provide assistance to women facing
Domestic Violence.
Legal Aid Clinic managed by Panel Advocate and Para Legal Volunteer of District
Legal Services Authority, UT Chandigarh

Thursday Old Age Pension, Widow Pension, Disability Pension in association with

Department of Social Welfare, Chandigarh Administration

Friday

Senior Citizen Helpline 14567 providing services to Senior Citizens.
Legal Aid Clinic managed by Panel Advocate and Para Legal Volunteer of District
Legal Services Authority, UT Chandigarh

Saturday Hobby Classes for Children
 
Creche for children of domestic Workers :
It has been observed that women residing in neighbouring areas work as domestic workers. These
women workers face great hardships to find a safe place for their children. It is proposed that
a Crèche for children of Domestic workers be set up. It is proposed that the crèche be set up
in association with,  Labour Department and Department of Social Welfare - Women & Child
Development. It is also proposed that the funds for set up and monthly running expenses be borne

out of the Labour Cess that is collected by the Labour Department. Technical
Support,  identification of Manpower and Mid-Day Meal be provided by Department of Social
Welfare - Women and Child Development.
Digital Library: A Library will be set up with a computer, projector and internet access to access to
information available on National Digital Library. The National Digital library of India is a project
under Ministry of Education,  Government of India. The objective is to collect and collate metadata
and provide full text index from several national and international digital libraries, as well as other
relevant sources. It is a digital repository containing textbooks, articles, videos, audio books,
lectures, simulations, fiction and all other kinds of learning media. The NDLI provides free of cost
access to many books in the Indian languages and English.       
The panel of advocates has also been deputed to monitor the campaign. The visiting Para
Legal Volunteers (PLVs) and law students, students from Centre for human rights and duties , Punjab
University Chandigarh etc. would conduct a door-to- door survey in village Maloya, Chandigarh
during the aforesaid campaign and apprise the residents of Village Maloya about various poverty
alleviation schemes launched by Central Government and Chandigarh Administration. They would
also help the eligible beneficiaries in availing the benefits of poverty alleviation schemes, i.e. old age
pension, widow pension, disability benefits scheme, etc. by getting filled their forms and
submissions before the concerned Authorities/Departments. 
The visiting PLVs and law students, etc. during the campaign would also collect data
regarding number of Anganwadi Centres and facilities provided therein, Creches, Medical
Centres/Dispensaries, Senior Citizens Home in the village Maloya. They would also collect data
regarding senior citizens, construction workers, children who require tuition/coaching classes and
their hobbies. The visiting PLVs, law students, etc. would further collect data regarding the income of
the head of the family, working capacity of women, preparation of cards (Labour Cards) of
construction workers etc. during the campaign.
The Member Secretary, SLSA, Chandigarh motivated the PLVs and students to take active
interest in collecting the required Data of residents of the village so that their problems can be
redressed in a proper and effective manner. He also apprised the gathering that the object of the
campaign is to make the lives of residents better so as to ensure complete access to justice to the
deprived sections of the society.

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