The first free legal aid helpline has been launched in the country under the aegis of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in Chhattisgarh at the premises of Raipur area court on Saturday.
The helpline number 15100 introduced by the chief minister of the state Bhupesh Baghel was presided by the Chhattisgarh High Court Chief Justice PR Ramchandra Menon.
The NALSA legal aid is aimed to provide counsel on any law related issue and to encourage quick, free, simple access to justice. This facility is available to the state as of now and will soon be circulated across the country. The state, as well as the district offices of NALSA, will be looking into their respective legal aid facilities and provide mitigation as well as other advice.
The first NALSA free legal aid helpline begins from Chhattisgarh. It’s a matter of pride for us. It will assist the needy people with the quick, appropriate and affordable means to judicial processes. The state government will advertise the new facility among the masses,” the CM said.
The Chief Justice added, “This legal aid helpline has been started for the needy and very poor people. More and more such people should be benefited from it. One neds to look into the fact that numerous cases are lying in the courthouses and it is taking time to resolve them owing to the less number of judges. The free legal aid facility will give perspective to people and they can explore numerous other ways to settle their cases.”