16th All India Meet of State Legal Services Authorities opens in Guwahati
Delivering a speech after inaugurating the 16th All India Meet of State Legal Services Authorities with the Supreme Court Judge Justice Ranjan Gogoi in Guwahati on Saturday, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Judiciary is the guiding force of our country which leads the legal way for other three branches of our democracy to follow”. He also said that judiciary always plays the role of a catalyst to take the laws framed in the legislature to the doorsteps of every user.
Sonowal also said that to make the democracy vibrant, involvement of the people in the system and their active participation in the functioning of the government is of paramount importance. Keeping this in mind the state government is giving maximum thrust on making government services more accessible to the citizens.
He said legal services being the core of all services, concerted efforts have been paid by the state government in association with the judiciary to improve the reach of judiciary in the interior places of the state.
Hailing the role of State Legal Services Authorities which was set up in the year 1998, Sonowal said that the Authority during past 20 years extended free valuable legal aid to the needy people and worked for generating more legal awareness in the society. From organizing Lok Adalats for disposal of long pending cases, in its initial stages, the activities of the State Legal Services Authority have become manifold. Moreover, its handling of pre-litigation disputes and spreading legal education have immensely benefited the people of the state, Sonowal added.
Judge, Supreme Court of India, Justice Ranjan Gogoi who is also the executive chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) while speaking on the occasion said that extending legal services to the needy and under-privileged sections of the society has been the national commitment of the NALSA and it has been providing free legal services to the weaker sections of the society free of cost. He also said one of the objectives to hold the 16th All India Meet of State Legal Services Authorities was to identify the gaps, take remedial steps and chart out future course of actions for the Legal Services Authorities.