Scheme to Set up Legal Portals to Help Villagers in Bihar Launched

Supreme Court Judge Dipak Mishra (third from right), along with NDA leaders, inaugurating Tele Law scheme in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Supreme Court Judge and National Legal Services Authority Executive Chairperson Justice Dipak Mishra, at a function in Patna on Sunday, inaugurated the 'Tele Law' scheme, a Central Government endeavor to provide legal aid services through Common Services Centers (CSCs) portal at the panchayat level.

The main idea behind this Tele Law scheme is to make legal services available to the poor and deprived community through CSCs," he said in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Union Law Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, and other NDA leaders at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall.

Earlier, the scheme was launched in Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh.

This portal will allow people to seek and obtain legal advice from legal aid lawyers via video-conferencing at the CSCs set up in villages, Justice Mishra said.

Speaking on the occasion, Justice Mishra also announced a 100% increase in the remuneration of para-legal volunteers (PLVs).

"They (PLVs) were earlier getting Rs. 250 per day to provide legal assistance to the people in villages but now they would be paid Rs. 500 a day for performing the same service. Also, their number would be increased from 1800 to 4,000 in the next two weeks," he said.

Others present on the occasion included Patna High Court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon, Justice A K Tripathi, and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

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