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My Visit to a Nalsa Mega Legal Awareness Camp

My Visit to a Nalsa Mega Legal Awareness Camp

By Prof. Raj Kachroo, President, National Federation of Societies for Fast Justice

A couple of months ago I read in a news paper in Jammu that Jammu District Development Commissioner, together with the District Legal Services authority was going to organize a mega legal awareness camp in Jammu. I got very interested in this news. I requested my colleague, manager of the Women Helpline in J&K, to find out from her contacts in DLSA whether we will be allowed to participate in the camp. We thought there will be many people who will visit the camp & it would be a good opportunity for us to create awareness about the Integrated program of Women Helpline (WHL) & One Stop Centres (OSC) often abbreviated as WHL/OSC.

For those who are not aware of WHL/OSC here is a brief background. Following the fire that broke out after the Nirbhaya murder & rape case the union government went beyond fire fighting & designed a far sighted & a holistic response by launching the schemes of WHL & OSC in 2015. These schemes are designed to help India achieve her Sustainable Development Goal ( SDG) of ‘Promoting Equality & Empowerment of Women’ by providing women with
(i) Access to Justice (ii) Access to Government administration and (iii) Access to Social welfare. WHL/OSC seeks to address and redress the issue of gender based violence suffered by women across geography, class, culture, age, race and religion and their safety, security, protection and redressed from such violence & other related matters. Such violence and absence of safety and security are a gross violation of the right against arbitrariness, right to life and right to timely justice to women. Aman Movement manages WHL in Jammu & one OSC in Srinagar. I am the founder of Aman Movement.

Given that the objective of WHL/OSC is to provide Access to Justice we thought the Mega legal awareness camp of NALSA was a God sent opportunity for us to promote our helpline number 181. My colleague made an application to DLSA Jammu for allocation of space in the camp. It was readily granted. We were all very excited. Without wasting any time we started to prepare for the exhibition. We went to see the venue which was some 20 kms away from the Jammu city on Akhnoor road. We printed posters & 500 leaflets to distribute amongst the visitors & were arguing amongst ourselves whether we should print more leaflets. We purchased wooden easels for our large posters to show off our aesthetic sense. We made simulation / demonstration versions of our system/software & organized large computer screens to show off our technology & software. We got a few T shirts printed to look good & professional. I travelled from Delhi to Jammu to be present on this important event.

On the day of the event we woke up very early in the morning. Loaded our small truck & reached the venue before any body else. We saw a lot of police men. On enquiry we were told that very important people will attend the mega event. We were told that the CEO of NALSA who is a senior Supreme Court Judge, Justice Gogoi, was coming to inaugurate the event. He would be accompanied by Justice Magrey of the J&K High Court who is also a member of NALSA & CEO of the J&K SLSA and several other dignitaries will join them. One by one other stall owners started to come & set up their stalls. Next to our stall, on the right, was HDFC bank. I got curious and tried to understand what had a bank to do with delivery of Justice to poor. The gentleman at the stall told me very politely that the bank is here to create awareness about their welfare schemes. He drew my attention to 5 more banks besides him who were there for the same purpose to create awareness of their respective CSR programs. SBI had an additional responsibility to talk about the welfare schemes that they execute on behalf of GOI.
When I moved from stall to stall on my left I was more confused. I saw the floriculture department with plenty of flowers. The Sheep and Animal Husbandry department, Solar Cooker Department & so on. While my confusion was growing & I was about ask my colleagues whether we have come to the wrong venue when I saw a board that said District Legal Services Authority ( DLSA) . I walked briskly towards it only to find out, from the neighboring stall owner, that the Para Legal Volunteer who was supposed to be present at the DLSA stall had been called urgently by the Ld. Secretary of DLSA for some very important work. May be the sofa for the dignitaries was not at a right angle & needed to fixed. I recognized people at the Department of Social Welfare who were creating awareness about the Integrated Child Development Scheme. We had a good chat. I invited them to our stall & I moved on.

In the mean the lawn had started to fill up. It was a hot summer day & the heat was over powering even at 9 AM. I looked around & saw a young lady, visibly restless, trying to cover her little baby under her Saree. I walked up to her & asked her how old was the beautiful baby. She replied 2 weeks. I was about to give out to her for bringing the 2 weeks old baby in so much heat when the lady next to her guessed my mood & intervened to say, Sir ji , Asha Didi told all of us to come otherwise we would not get the maternity benefit. Sir ji, we are poor people. What to do. She showed off her baby with pride. Thank fully her baby was 3 months old. Water bottles were distributed generously. The fans with mist making attachments were blowing on full speed.

Then suddenly there was activity & buzz around. I heard some body walking past our stall saying they are coming. Keep your flower bouquets ready. My colleagues looked at me & said didn’t we tell you. Flower bouquets are important. They pulled 2 bouquets from under the Table & kept them on top of the table We all stood to attention in our newly printed white T Shirts. And I could see, from a distance, the face of Justice Gogoi accompanied by Justice Magrey and a number of dignitaries following the two of them. And before I knew it they were already on our stall which was the 7th stall. My colleagues were delighted that the dignitaries had spent a few minutes more on our stall compared to other stalls . That was a consolation prize for us & that made our day. But one of my young colleagues argued & said that Justice Gogoi spent more time on the solar cooker stall. He justified his argument by saying that he had asked some questions on the solar cooker stall. In our stall he did not ask any questions.

Within less than half an hour the inspection of the stalls was over. The dignitaries went into an Air conditioned hall. The hall was packed dazzling with flowers & lights. The furniture was immaculate. Carpets were clean. I guessed there were 500 people & pin drop silence. They were all quietly listening to the Master of Ceremony who educated them about NALSA. For those of you who do not know about NALSA it is an abbreviation for National Legal Service Authority. The purpose of NALSA is to provide legal Aid to women & children & populations of Schedule Castes & Schedule Tribes and poor & marginalized people. It provides legal aid to people through State Legal Services Authorities, called SLSA’s; District Legal Services authorities called DLSA’s & Taluka Legal Services authority called TLSA’s. For further details I request you to go to Google Baba. You will get many pages of information on NALSA.

A couple of months ago I read in a news paper in Jammu that Jammu District Development Commissioner, together with the District Legal Services authority was going to organize a mega legal awareness camp in Jammu. I got very interested in this news. I requested my colleague, manager of the Women Helpline in J&K, to find out from her contacts in DLSA whether we will be allowed to participate in the camp. We thought there will be many people who will visit the camp & it would be a good opportunity for us to create awareness about the Integrated program of Women Helpline (WHL) & One Stop Centres (OSC) often abbreviated as WHL/OSC.

For those who are not aware of WHL/OSC here is a brief background. Following the fire that broke out after the Nirbhaya murder & rape case the union government went beyond fire fighting & designed a far sighted & a holistic response by launching the schemes of WHL & OSC in 2015. These schemes are designed to help India achieve her Sustainable Development Goal ( SDG) of ‘Promoting Equality & Empowerment of Women’ by providing women with (i) Access to Justice (ii) Access to Government administration and (iii) Access to Social welfare. WHL/OSC seeks to address and redress the issue of gender based violence suffered by women across geography, class, culture, age, race and religion and their safety, security, protection and redressed from such violence & other related matters. Such violence and absence of safety and security are a gross violation of the right against arbitrariness, right to life and right to timely justice to women. Aman Movement manages WHL in Jammu & one OSC in Srinagar. I am the founder of Aman Movement.

Given that the objective of WHL/OSC is to provide Access to Justice we thought the Mega legal awareness camp of NALSA was a God sent opportunity for us to promote our helpline number 181. My colleague made an application to DLSA Jammu for allocation of space in the camp. It was readily granted. We were all very excited. Without wasting any time we started to prepare for the exhibition. We went to see the venue which was some 20 kms away from the Jammu city on Akhnoor road. We printed posters & 500 leaflets to distribute amongst the visitors & were arguing amongst ourselves whether we should print more leaflets. We purchased wooden easels for our large posters to show off our aesthetic sense. We made simulation / demonstration versions of our system/software & organized large computer screens to show off our technology & software. We got a few T shirts printed to look good & professional. I travelled from Delhi to Jammu to be present on this important event.

On the day of the event we woke up very early in the morning. Loaded our small truck & reached the venue before any body else. We saw a lot of police men. On enquiry we were told that very important people will attend the mega event. We were told that the CEO of NALSA who is a senior Supreme Court Judge, Justice Gogoi, was coming to inaugurate the event. He would be accompanied by Justice Magrey of the J&K High Court who is also a member of NALSA & CEO of the J&K SLSA and several other dignitaries will join them. One by one other stall owners started to come & set up their stalls. Next to our stall, on the right, was HDFC bank. I got curious and tried to understand what had a bank to do with delivery of Justice to poor. The gentleman at the stall told me very politely that the bank is here to create awareness about their welfare schemes. He drew my attention to 5 more banks besides him who were there for the same purpose to create awareness of their respective CSR programs. SBI had an additional responsibility to talk about the welfare schemes that they execute on behalf of GOI.
When I moved from stall to stall on my left I was more confused. I saw the floriculture department with plenty of flowers. The Sheep and Animal Husbandry department, Solar Cooker Department & so on. While my confusion was growing & I was about ask my colleagues whether we have come to the wrong venue when I saw a board that said District Legal Services Authority ( DLSA) . I walked briskly towards it only to find out, from the neighboring stall owner, that the Para Legal Volunteer who was supposed to be present at the DLSA stall had been called urgently by the Ld. Secretary of DLSA for some very important work. May be the sofa for the dignitaries was not at a right angle & needed to fixed. I recognized people at the Department of Social Welfare who were creating awareness about the Integrated Child Development Scheme. We had a good chat. I invited them to our stall & I moved on.

In the mean the lawn had started to fill up. It was a hot summer day & the heat was over powering even at 9 AM. I looked around & saw a young lady, visibly restless, trying to cover her little baby under her Saree. I walked up to her & asked her how old was the beautiful baby. She replied 2 weeks. I was about to give out to her for bringing the 2 weeks old baby in so much heat when the lady next to her guessed my mood & intervened to say, Sir ji , Asha Didi told all of us to come otherwise we would not get the maternity benefit. Sir ji, we are poor people. What to do. She showed off her baby with pride. Thank fully her baby was 3 months old. Water bottles were distributed generously. The fans with mist making attachments were blowing on full speed.

Then suddenly there was activity & buzz around. I heard some body walking past our stall saying they are coming. Keep your flower bouquets ready. My colleagues looked at me & said didn’t we tell you. Flower bouquets are important. They pulled 2 bouquets from under the Table & kept them on top of the table We all stood to attention in our newly printed white T Shirts. And I could see, from a distance, the face of Justice Gogoi accompanied by Justice Magrey and a number of dignitaries following the two of them. And before I knew it they were already on our stall which was the 7th stall. My colleagues were delighted that the dignitaries had spent a few minutes more on our stall compared to other stalls . That was a consolation prize for us & that made our day. But one of my young colleagues argued & said that Justice Gogoi spent more time on the solar cooker stall. He justified his argument by saying that he had asked some questions on the solar cooker stall. In our stall he did not ask any questions.

Within less than half an hour the inspection of the stalls was over. The dignitaries went into an Air conditioned hall. The hall was packed dazzling with flowers & lights. The furniture was immaculate. Carpets were clean. I guessed there were 500 people & pin drop silence. They were all quietly listening to the Master of Ceremony who educated them about NALSA. For those of you who do not know about NALSA it is an abbreviation for National Legal Service Authority. The purpose of NALSA is to provide legal Aid to women & children & populations of Schedule Castes & Schedule Tribes and poor & marginalized people. It provides legal aid to people through State Legal Services Authorities, called SLSA’s; District Legal Services authorities called DLSA’s & Taluka Legal Services authority called TLSA’s. For further details I request you to go to Google Baba. You will get many pages of information on NALSA.

While I was watching the film on NALSA, in the Air conditioned hall, I turned around to see all my colleagues behind me also watching the awareness film. I got very angry with them. I thought they had come in because of the air conditioning inside the Hall. I told them that they must go back to our stall & provide information & advice to visiting people. They looked at me & laughed. They said which people? I told them the visitors, of course, to the Mega Legal Awareness Camp. They told me that there is no body who has come to attend the awareness camp. All these 500 or more people, in the hall are government officials. The only outsiders were a few like the young mother who was brought in to receive her small benefit cheques under the glare of a camera, catering & logistics staff and six of us . I did not believe them. I went outside to have a look. There was no body there. Our neighbors had already started to pack their stalls. Trucks were already lined up. Food packets were being distributed in one corner & lunch for the staff was already being served. The dignitaries had already left for their lunch. By 2 in the afternoon everything was over, done & dusted. Camera men had stopped taking sound bites & cut shots. We packed all over pamphlets. There was no body interested in taking our leaflets because there was not a single visitor who had come to visit this MEGA LEGAL AWARENESS CAMP. I was told by my colleagues that the event had not been even advertised.


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