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Training of PLVs on NALSA (Child Friendly Legal Services to Children and Their Protection) Scheme 2015




Protection of rights of Children is one of the focus area of NALSA. To ensure proper awareness of laws and support provided by Legal Service Institutions, it is imperative that the grass root worker is properly sensitized about the NALSA Scheme and legal provisions. In line with plan of action of NALSA (Child Friendly Legal Services to Children and Their Protection) Scheme 2015, Bihar State Legal Services Authority organised training and orientation program of Para Legal Volunteers.

The program was conducted in eight phases which started on 30.03.2016 and culminated on 17.05.2016. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ramesh Kumar Datta, Judge, Patna High Court and then Executive Chairman, Bihar State Legal Services Authority inaugurated the program on 30.03.2016. One PLV from each block of state of Bihar participated in this program.

In his inaugural address Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ramesh Kumar Datta, Judge, Patna High Court and then Executive Chairman, Bihar State Legal Services Authority stated that the purpose for NALSA to introduce the Schemes for PLVs was to include and motivate local people to take the Legal Services Institutions to every corner of the country and they be trained and sensitized so that they can further facilitate legal services to the needy people in their vicinity. He further stated that most of the PLVs do not come from legal background so this kind of training and sensitization programmes become necessary. His lordship further emphasized the need for PLVs to be fully aware of NALSA Schemes related to children as child is entitled to free legal services u/s 12 (c) of Legal Services Authority Act. He also referred to various laws relating to children and specially mentioned the Juvenile Justice Act which contains provisions for Child in conflict with law and Child in Need of Care and Protection. His Lordship highlighted the position of PLVs and said that they are not the employee of Government or Legal Services Authority. He appreciated that they constitute the class of people who being sensitive to the evils in society have voluntarily decided to play a role in ensuring reach of legal services for upliftment of society. He said PLVs should always have this object in their mind that we help others, they will help us back and this will benefit their family as well. Society has given us a lot and now it is time for us to give back.

Sri Om Prakash, Member Secretary, BSLSA in his address stated that going by the Scheme of NALSA, it would appear that the PLVs are its backbone and have to act as bridge between needy people and Legal Services Institutions. He said that children are future of this country but they are also soft target for criminals involved in trafficking, sexual offenses, child labour etc. There are also children who are orphaned or otherwise are in need of care and protection due to ignorance and poverty of their guardians. To secure their future on 09.11.2015 NALSA has launched this Scheme. The Scheme envisages important role for PLVs. He also stated that this programme has been organised to sensitize the PLVs and to make them aware of their role and responsibilities in the Scheme.

The event was organised in collaboration with Unicef and Child Rights Center of Chanakya National Law University, Patna. Sri Mansoor Qadri, Sri Ravendra Singh Jadaun, Sri Ajay Jha all from Unicef, Prof. Ravi Ranjan of CNLU, Advocate Sri R.N. Tiwari and officers of BSLSA were resource persons.