India Legal News: Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Law & Justice, last week inaugurated the National Review Meeting of the Project on ‘Access to Justice for Marginalized People’ in New Delhi. More than 80 participants from the government, judicial, academics, legal services authorities, UN agencies and Civil Society Organizations are attending the 2-day Review Meeting. An important objective of the meeting is to explore the areas of linkages and convergence with Legal Services Authorities, Judicial field, Law Colleges and Universities, Government Departments, Commissions and Civil Society Organizations with a view to ensure access to justice for marginalized people.
Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister of HRD, along with, Ms Neela Gangadharan, Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice; Ms Anshu Vaish, Secretary (School Education and Literacy), Ministry of Human Resource Development, were present on the occasion.
Shri Khurshid and Shri Sibal released a Compendium in Hindi titled “ Qanoon ko janein” i.e. know the law for the common people. The Law & Justice Minister also released “ A study of Law School based Legal Service Clinics” on the occasion.
Project on ‘Access to Justice for Marginalized People’ read more is being implemented by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Project, being implemented in 7 states (Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh), aims to strengthen access to justice for the marginalized – particularly women, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and minorities – by supporting strategies and initiatives that seek to address the barriers they face. The Project focuses, on the one hand, on improving institutional capacities of key justice service providers to enable them to effectively serve the poor and disadvantaged and on the other hand, on directly empowering the poor and disadvantaged men and women to seek and demand justice services.
The Project, started in 2009, has completed two years of implementing activities.
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