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Law Ministry teleconsultation service now responds to pandemic and lockdown questions

A Law Department teleconsultation service launched to help rural residents obtain pre-litigation legal advice from a panel of lawyers is now receiving calls from people seeking solutions to issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown in various parts of the country. People have called various local tele-law program centers looking for solutions to various issues such as the authority of the police in enforcing appropriate Covid behavior and the discrimination officers face. health workers and their families who are wrongly accused of carrying the coronavirus.

When people call the local service center, they are referred to a panel of lawyers who answer their questions.

According to details provided by the Justice Department of the Department of Justice, attorney Khrawkupar Kongjoh, an attorney with the tele-law service for Meghalaya, was questioned by a beneficiary of Chockpot Bazar in South Garo Hills on the necessary measures. required to end the discrimination and stigmatization of health workers and their families as “corona carriers”.

Likewise, lawyer Suhaila Ali from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh was questioned by a resident of Yangoora village in Ganderbal district on how to apply for a concession from the electricity department because he received a massive electricity bill and, having lost his job due to the pandemic, is not able to pay the amount.

A question about a government program to provide assistance to street vendors who have lost their livelihoods due to the lockdown was raised in front of the Swati lawyer by a resident of Kabaria Tola, Namtara village in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh.

Lawyer Manzoor Ahmed has been consulted by a resident of a village in Baramulla over a government scholarship as the family is unable to afford school fees due to the lockdown and how to contact school authorities to resolve his grievance.

There have been numerous calls for violence against women due to confinement within their families, a justice ministry official said.

The lockdown measures have also brought up new concerns people have been reporting.

According to the department, questions and concerns about the “abuse” of police power and the imposition of fines on people not wearing masks, the powers of the local task force formed in the village to restrict the movement of citizens during the lockdown, the dismissal of employees due to downsizing at the company amid a pandemic without notice, property disputes and family feuds due to displacement and migration between siblings, information on the electronic pass request for inter and intra-state movements are being collected.

Questions about what type of vaccination to use and reluctance to vaccinate are also being asked by the rural population to the team of lawyers engaged under “Tele-Law: Reaching the Agenda Not Reached”, said officials. department managers.

Launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Justice in 1,800 common service centers, the tele-law service has been extended to cover 50,000 Gram Panchayats in all the states and Union territories of the country, including the 117 districts ambitious.

Serving as a unique electronic model for providing legal advice and consultation via teleconferencing or videoconferencing facilities available at common service centers located in Gram Panchayats, the platform continues to see an increase in the number of beneficiaries seeking assistance. legal advice, even in the midst of the pandemic, the department said.

It provides free advice to those entitled to free legal aid, in accordance with section 12 of the Legal Services Authorities Act 1987. Others can benefit from the benefit at Rs 30 per consultation.

Since 2017, he has advised more than eight lakh beneficiaries in the country on various issues, including land disputes, domestic violence, denial and information on various rights under central and public social protection schemes, FIR deposit issues, bond, bank recovery issues, check rebound cases and service issues.

Between 2021 and 2026, it is proposed to expand the tele-law program to over 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats and would aim to provide more than 90 lakh of grassroots legal advice.