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National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) under Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 has set up legal service institutions to provide free legal services to the people entitled under Section12 of the Legal Services Authorities Act. There are 24 District Legal Services Authorities in the State of Jharkhand to provide legal aid for poor and rural people. So far as 20,104 such people have been benefited through legal aid and advice and 58,561 persons benefited through Legal Services Clinic in the State of Jharkhand. 

Mr. P P Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Law and Justice and Corporate Affairs informed Rajya Sabha Member Mr. Parimal Nathwani in a written reply tabled in the Upper House on December 28, 2018. Mr. Nathwani wanted to know the efforts made by the Government for providing legal aids to the poor and people in the rural areas of the country, particularly, in the State of Jharkhand.

About a query from Mr. Nathwani on Digital and Mobile Courts in the country, the Minister stated that the Government has computerized 16,845 Courts in the District and Subordinate Judiciaries in the Country under its e-Court Mission, which includes 351 Courts in Jharkhand also. The Minister also stated that there are 31 District Legal Services Authorities in the State of Gujarat where 11,253 persons have been benefited through legal aid and advice as well as 6,296 persons have been benefited through Legal Service Clinics in Gujarat. As many as 1,108 Courts in the District and Subordinate Judiciaries in the State of Gujarat have been computerized; he said.

The Minister further informed the House about “Access to Justice” program of the Department of Justice and initiatives like “Tele Law” and “Pro Bono Legal Services” launched in 1,800 Gram Panchayats in 11 States of the country including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

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Shri Parimal Nathwani Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)

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