The Union Ministry of Law & Justice in association with the National Legal Service Authority (NALSA) launched ‘Tele-Law’ scheme in Bihar.
The scheme aims at providing legal aid services to marginalised communities and citizens living in rural areas through digital technology. It is continuation to the Access to Justice Project to Marginalised Persons implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2008.
The scheme is initiative of the Union Law Ministry and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY). Under it, ‘Tele-Law’ portal has been launched which is available across the Common Service Centre (CSC) network at panchyat levels.
The portal will connect the citizens from rural areas to have access to legal consultation with the help of para-legal volunteers (PLVs). It will enable people to seek legal advice from lawyers through video conferencing. The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) will also provide a panel of lawyers from state capitals.
The scheme would help poor people in getting legal aid easily. The services of the Right of Public Service Act and Public Grievance Redressal Act will be also made available at CSCs. Besides, various other services like making Aadhaar card, PAN, applying for passports, reservation of train berths and bill payments can be done from CSCs.