As a country, our goal should be to shift from women’s development to women-led development, President Ram Nath Kovind said Saturday while stressing the need to increase the number of women in legal service institutions.
Speaking at the launch of the National Legal Services Authority’s (NALSA) six-week pan-Indian legal awareness and awareness campaign, Kovind said the legal services authority should make special efforts to help marginalized sections of society.
“As a country, our goal should be to shift from women’s development to women-led development. Therefore, increasing the number of women in legal service institutions is as important as reaching as many female beneficiaries as possible, ”Kovind said.
Talk about Mahatma Gandhi, Kovind said he did a lot of volunteer work to help the poor and that contract workers appreciated him for helping them in court.
He said seasoned lawyers should devote some time to pro bono services to people in weaker sections.
Empowerment at the grassroots
Union Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju said NALSA has played an exemplary role in bringing justice within reach.
“NALSA and the state judiciary have developed a robust system of local legal aid delivery and empowerment that every individual can be proud of. NALSA has played an exemplary role in delivering system justice by creating legal awareness, ”he said. .
He said the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has focused on access to justice and also on ease of life, that is, access to business.
Chief Justice NV Ramana said that since May of this year, the Collegium has recommended more than 106 High Courts judges and 9 chief judges at various High Courts.
“The government erased some of them and the Minister of Justice informed me that the rest would arrive in a day or two. I thank the central government for lifting these vacancies and quickly accessing justice,” CJI said.
CJI said a vibrant justice system is essential for a healthy democracy.
Speaking on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, CJI said COVID-19 has created many problems in many institutions, including the justice system, where thousands of cases have accumulated in different forums, in apart from the big vacancies and the non-functioning of the courts and the lack of virtual conferences. facilities in rural areas.
The judges of the Supreme Court, judges UU Lalit, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also spoke on this occasion. Attorney General KK Venugopal was also present, among other things, on occasion.