Our aim is to graduate from ‘women development’ to ‘women-led development’, says President
NEW DELHI :
AS A country, our aim is to graduate from ‘women development’ to ‘women-led development’, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Saturday while stressing on the need to increase the number of women in legal services institutions. Speaking at the launch of six-week-long ‘The Pan India Legal Awareness and Outreach Campaign’ of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), Kovind said the legal services authority should make special efforts to help the marginalised sections of society. The outreach programmes of NALSA are being organised as a part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence. Kovind said there are about 11,000 women lawyers among over 47,000 panel advocates at the district level and about 17,000 women paralegal volunteers out of the total number of nearly 44,000.
The President said he has been told that NALSA is making efforts to be more inclusive in engagement of advocates and paralegal volunteers. “As a country, our aim is to graduate from ‘women development’ to ‘women-led development’. Therefore, increasing the number of women in National Legal Services Institutions is as important as reaching out to the largest possible number of women beneficiaries,” Kovind said. Talking about Mahatma Gandhi, Kovind said that he did a lot of pro bono work to help the poor, and indentured labourers in South Africa looked up to him for taking up their cause with the authorities and in the courts whom he helped without charging any fees. He said that senior advocates should earmark a certain part of their time for pro bono services to people from weaker sections. Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said NALSA has been performing an exemplary role in bringing justice delivery to the doorsteps of people.