Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today inaugurated Nation’s first ever free ‘NALSA’ Legal Aid Helpline number 15100. In the programme organized at District Court Council Raipur premise, this helpline number of National Legal Support Authority (NALSA) was launched. This helpline service has been started to provide free legal advice. On the occasion, Chief Minister did bhumi pujan of ADR building and Nyay Sadan in the court premise. Well-equipped ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) building will be constructed at the cost of Rs two crore 42 lakh and nyay sadan will be built at the cost of Rs one crore 28 lakh.
Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court Mr. PR Ramchandra Menon presided over the programme. Executive Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Legal Service Authority Bilaspur and Judge of Chhattisgarh High Court Bilaspur Mr. Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice Mr. Gautam Bhatudi were present as special guests of the programme. This programme was organized under the joint aegis of State Legal Service Authority and District Legal Service Authority Raipur. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel and Chief Justice Mr. Menon extended hearty congratulations on inauguration of the helpline.
In his address to the programme, Chief Minister said that Nation’s first ever NALSA Legal Support Helpline has been started from Chhattisgarh, which is a matter of pride for us. He said that this helpline will prove extremely beneficial in providing quick, easy and affordable access to justice. Mr. Baghel said that this helpline number will be promoted and publicized through State Government’s advertisements to inform people about the service. He also have assurance to take proper initiative at State Government-level for recruitment on vacancies in Judicial Administration. Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court Mr. PR Ramchandra Menon said while presiding over the programme that this free legal support helpline service has been started for poor and needy people and to ensure that maximum number of people get to avail this service, it would be widely publicized through print and visual media as well as cinema. Justice Mr. Menon said that for immediate redressal of judicial cases, officers and advocates in judicial service should set priority and help people to get justice. Executive Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Legal Service Authority Bilaspur and Judge of Chhattisgarh High Court Bilaspur Mr. Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice Mr. Gautam Bhatudi and Founder Professor of Aman Satya Kachru Trust Mr. Rajendra Kachru also addressed the programme. District Judge and Chairman of District Legal Service Authority Raipur Mr. Ram Kumar Tiwari delivered welcome speech and threw light on the programme schedule.
Construction of ADR building and Nyay Sadan will provide additional facilities to the parties arriving to court. Nyay Sadan will be utilized for providing free legal services, advices and support, for organizing lok adalat and various legal literacy camp etc. This building will have the night stay facility for poor, destitute, labourer, and people from backward section of society and also the ones coming from distant places to the court. Vote of thanks was proposed by Chhattisgarh State Legal Service Authority Bilaspur Member Secretary Mr. Siddhartha Agrawal. On the occasion, judges, advocates, employees of District Judge Raipur and a large number of citizens were present.