Editorial Team

Article 39A of the Constitution of India provides free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of the society and ensures justice for all.  The Law Department of Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University (SRMU), Institute of Legal Studies, Lucknow organized a 4 day- legal awareness program to spread legal literacy in nearby villages and to commemorate the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. Around 40 students took part in this mega event. Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is a flagship program of the Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD). It aims to link the Higher Education Institutions with a set of at least 3-4 villages so that these institutions can contribute to the economic and social betterment of these village communities using their knowledge base. This has transformed the living conditions in villages and has been beneficial for rural India.

The law faculty of SRMU did door to door campaign and informed people about their basic legal rights. Under the visionary leadership of Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Justice N.V. Ramana, and Justice U.U. Lalit, National Legal Service Authority (NALSA) conceptualized this legal outreach campaign and directed all DLSA, SLSA to organize the same in collaboration with law colleges.

Dr. Sushil Kumar Singh, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Coordinator & Associate Professor, SRMU, said “I believe that strengthening legal aid increases access to justice and ensures that the rule of law is upheld. So, through this program, we have tried to cover 3-4 nearby villages and have sensitized people to free legal aid and procedure for availing of various legal services. Our law faculty is committed towards the upliftment of socially and economically weaker sections of our society. We even have a well-established legal aid cell in our university, where our students along with faculty members, provide free legal aid to all needy persons.”

Dr. Devendra, Assistant Professor, SRMU opined that “Legal aid is a welfare provision by the state to people who could otherwise not afford counsel from the legal system. Through this outreach campaign, we tried to reach maximum rural people and asked them to approach our university’s legal aid cell with their legal problems for free legal advice on the same”

Rohan Mohanto, law student, SRMU, expressed his gratitude as been a part of this event “I feel blessed to be a part of this campaign. It was an enriching experience for me as we did something for society at large. I firmly believe this program will go a long way in ensuring that no one is deprived of free legal aid as guaranteed by our Constitution.”

Another law student, Mridul Bhatt stated that “The concept of legal aid encompasses a broad range of activities that aim at social advancement by creatively utilizing the instrument of law. The experience was very good as it made us understand the true need for legal aid and helped us to utilize our classroom concepts on a day to day problems of individuals.”

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