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New Delhi: As a country, our goal should be to move from women’s development to women-led development, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Saturday while stressing the need to increase the number of women in development institutions. legal services.

Speaking at the launch of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA)’s six-week pan-Indian legal awareness and sensitization campaign, Kovind said the legal services authority should make special efforts to help the marginalized part of society.

“As a country, our goal should be to move 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 as possible of female beneficiaries,” said Kovind.

Speaking of Mahatma Gandhi, Kovind said he had done a lot of pro bono work to help the poor and indentured workers who admired him to help them in court.

He said senior lawyers should dedicate some of their time to pro bono services for people in weaker sections.

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said NALSA had played an exemplary role in bringing justice to people’s doorsteps.

“NALSA and the state justice authorities have developed a strong system of local legal aid delivery and empowerment of which every individual can be proud. NALSA has played an exemplary role in the delivery of justice in the system by creating legal awareness,” he said. .

He said the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused on access to justice and also on ease of living i.e. access to business.

Chief Justice NV Ramana said that since May this year, the College has recommended over 106 High Court Judges and 9 Chief Justices to various High Courts.

“The government has eliminated some of them and the Minister of Justice has informed me that the rest will arrive in one or two days. I thank the central government for eliminating these vacancies and for having quick access to justice,” said the CJI.

The CJI said that for a healthy democracy, a vibrant judicial system is essential.

Speaking about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the CJI said that COVID-19 has created many problems in many institutions including the judicial system where thousands of cases have accumulated in different forums, apart from major holidays and the non-functioning of the courts and the lack of virtual conferencing. equipment in rural areas.

Supreme Court Justices UU Lalit, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also spoke on the occasion.

In addition to them, several judges of the Supreme Court, Attorney General KK Venugopal were also present, among others, on occasion. PTI

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