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News from the State of West Bengal  in respect of legal services programmes for the period from July– Sept. 2014

  • As per Resolution adopted in the Meeting  of NALSA held on 12th July, 2014, with all  Hon’ble Excutive Chairpersons  and in order to achieve quality legal services Panel Advocates of District legal Services Authorities and Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committees have been revamped  in most of the districts.
  • Awareness camp on the issue of Child Trafficking and Human Trafficking  by  all District Legal Services Authorities.
  • A Special Legal awareness camp  on kidney Trafficking at the remote villages areas in the district of Uttar Dinajpur organised by District Legal Services Authority, Uttar Dinajpur.
  • All the Secretaries of the District Legal Services Authorities of West Bengal are visiting the Correctional Homes are located in their respective District in a routine basis and they have interacted with the  UTPs/Convicts in regard to the rights and  roll of the Legal Services Authorities /Committees and to hold  sensitization meeting with  the Correctional Home Authorities  and also  inspect the Legal aid Clinic at the Correctional Home.
  • All the Secretaries of the District Legal Services Authorities and State Legal Services Authority of West Bengal are visiting the Juvenile Boards, Juvenile Homes, Shelters  etc.  (both Boys and Girls’)  situated   in their respective District in a routine basis  in compliance of the Direction of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on the implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children)  Act, 2000. The District Authorities have been submitting the report to the State Authority on monthly basis.
  • The District Legal Services Authorities have deputed Para-Legal Volunteers (PLVs) in the Village Legal Care and Support Centres at village areas for rendering the legal services to the villagers and downtrodden people.

On 3rd July, 2014, a Mid -year Review of Joint Programme on Implementation of Plan – 2014 of the Department of Child Development, Women Development  and Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal and UNICEF, West Bengal  held at Meeting Hall of Directorate of Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal, Salt Lake, Kolkata in respect to area of Child Protection and to facilitate identification of the progress against plan challenges and areas requiring further Strengthening  efforts to meet the target as envisaged in Rolling Work Plan (RWP). Sri Abhijit Som, Member Secretary participated in the said Meet.
On 5th – 6th of July, 2014, the Second  Review Meet of all the Secretaries of nineteen District Legal Services Authorities of West Bengal held at the conference Hall of West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited, Sagardighi  in the District of Murshidabad. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, Acting Chief Justice, High Court, Calcutta and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal inaugurated the said Review Meet  on 5th July, 2014. Sri Abhijit Som, Member Secretary and Sri Anjan Kumar Sengupta, Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal and 18 Full Time Secretaries of all District Legal Services Authorities were present. His Lordship has been pleased to peruse the district-wise presentation of activities-cum-achievements of the district by the Secretary of that district within specified time slots during the working Session. The problems relating to effective implementation of the Legal Services faced by the Legal Services Institutions and way to manage & resolve the problems were discussed in the interactive session on the occasion of Review Meet followed by the Concluding address by His Lordship’s.
On 5th July, 2014 The Hon’ble Mediation Committee met with  the Judicial Officers of City Civil Court, Calcutta, Presidency Small Causes Court, Calcutta and judgeship of the district North 24 Parganas on 5th July, 2014  at the Study Room of the Hon’ble High Court, Calcutta. The Hon’ble Justice Pranab Kumar Chattopadhyay, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Chairperson of the Mediation Committee presided the meet in the august presence of Hon’ble Member Judges of the Committee, Hon’ble Justice Biswanath Somadder, Judge High Court, Calcutta. Sri Sugato Majumdar, Registrar (Listing), Appellate Side, High Court, Calcutta and Secretary, Mediation Committee, High Court, Calcutta and 48 (forty-eight) Judicial Officers attended the sensitization Meets. The literatures on Mediation Training Manual of India (Chapter-XII) and Calcutta High Court Mediation Rules were distributed to all Referral Judges/Judicial Officers.
 District Legal Services Authority, Darjeeling organised orientation training programme of Para-legal Volunteers as per guideline of NALSA on 14.07.2014, 21.07.2014, 06.08.2014, 10.09.2014 and 12.09.2014. The  identified & selected candidates attended Para-legal volunteers training programme and District Legal Services Authority, Purulia organised orientation training programme of Para-legal Volunteers as per guideline of NALSA on 23.07.2014. The  identified & selected candidates attended Para-legal volunteers training programme.
As per Resolution of the of the Meeting of NALSA held on 12th July, 2014, the State Authority has adopted a policy to observe legal literacy camps on Ecological issues  -  Environmental Laws and celebrate  the Tree Plantation week beginning from the 14th July, 2014 to 20th July, 2014 by planting sapling in Court / A D R Centre campus  throughout the State of West Bengal  through District Legal Services Authorities as well as Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee of West Bengal. The Legal Services Institutions observed and celebrated the Tree Plantation Week throughout the State of West Bengal.

The ADR Centre, Murshidabad   at Berhampore was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, Acting Chief Justice,  High Court, Calcutta & Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal in the presence of the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Zonal Judge of the district of Murshidabad  on 19th July, 2014. Their  Lordships  generated special awareness on the importance of ADR Centre and its benefits of the litigants.    Sri Prasenjit Biswas,  District & Sessions Judge, Murshidabad with Judicial officers of the Berhampore, Sir Abhijit Som Member Secretary and Sri Anjan Kumar Sengupta, Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, the President and Secretary of district Bar Association, Berhampore  with Members of the Bar and litigants as well as general public litigants, PLVs., social workers were present in the said inaugural function. On the occasion of the Their Lorships have been pleased to create awareness on Ecological issues  amongst  the people and observed  Tree Plantation week on 19th July, 2014 by planting sapling  in front of the said A D R Centre, District Judges Court compound at Berhmapore.  

On 26th July, 2014, The Hon’ble Mediation Committee met with Judicial Officers of Purulia at the Conference Hall of the Zilla Parishad Bhawan, Purulia,. The Hon’ble Justice Pranab Kumar Chattopadhyay, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Chairperson of the Mediation Committee presided the meet in the august presence of Hon’ble Member Judges of the Committee, Hon’ble Justice Biswanath Somadder, Judge High Court, Calcutta, Hon’ble Justice I. P. Mukerji, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Hon’ble Mr Justice Ashoke Kumar Dasadhikari, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Zonal Judge of the district Purulia. Sri Sugato Majumdar, Registrar (Listing), Appellate Side, High Court, Calcutta and Secretary, Mediation Committee, High Court, Calcutta and 22 Judicial Officers of the district Uttar Dinajpur attended the sensitization Meet. The literatures on Mediation Training Manual of India (Chapter-XII) and Calcutta High Court Mediation Rules were distributed to all Referral Judges/Judicial Officers.
The ADR Centre, Kolkata   at the top floor of City Civil Court Building, Kolkata   was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Judge, Supreme Court of India and former Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal in the presence of the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee,  Acting Chief Justice, High Court, Calcutta   & Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal,  Hon’ble Mr. Justice Girish Chandra Gupta,  Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Zonal Judge of the district of Kolkata, Hon’ble  Mr. Justice  Subrata Talukdar, Judge, High Court, Calcutta. on 26th July, 2014. Their  Lordships  generated special awareness on the importance of ADR Centre and its benefits to  the litigants.    Ld. Registrar General and Registrars of   High Court, Calcutta,  Ld. Legal Remembrancer, Government of West Bengal,  Chief Judges, City Civil Court, Calcutta, City Sessions Court, Calcutta and Presidency Small Causes Court, Calcutta, Member Secretary and Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Judicial Officer of Calcutta, Retired Judicial Officers, the President and Secretaries of Bar Associations and members of the Bar and litigants as well as general public litigants, PLVs., social workers were present in the said inaugural function.

On 6th August, 2014, Sri Anjan Kumar Sengupta, Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal,  Mou Chatterjee, Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Kolkata, Sri Prasanta Mukhopadhyay, Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, South 24 Parganas  visited the Presidency Correctional Home at Alipore and interacted with the convicts where  Ms. Alakananda Roy, eminent Social Activist shared the stage and also shared her experiences. During the interaction a large number of inmtes alleged about their illegal detention u/s 107/109 of Cr. P. C.  The said matter was immediately taken up with the Ld. Chief Judicial Magistrate, South 24 Parganas and thereafter  92  numbers of inmates were released.
On 9th August, 2014, a Seminar on Legal Literacy of Students at the Conference Hall of St. Vincent’s High and Technical  School at Asansol, Burdwan for generating legal awareness of students on the various provisions of Law relating to Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, Anti-Ragging Laws, Child Marriage Prohibition Act, Prohibition of  Child Labour Act,  and activities  of Legal Services Institutions and availability of free legal services, importance of set up Legal Literacy Club at Schools and Colleges. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal inaugurated the Literacy Programme in the presence of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Debangsu Basak, Judge, High Court, Calcutta. Sri Abhijit Som, Member Secretary & Sri Anjan Kumar Sengupta, Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal,  Sri Paban Kumar Mandal, Chairman, DLSA, Burdwan and  District & Sessions Judge, Burdwan, the Chairman, SDLSC, Asansol and Additional District & Sessions Judge, Asansol, Sri Sudipta Bhattacharjee, Secretary, DLSA, Burdwan,  Ld. Judicial Officers have taken active participation in the interactive session with the students during the occasion. The Sensitization programme followed by the move feature film, Otho Go Bharata Laxmi for spreading special awareness of students and women empowerment. The said literacy programme   ended with a Drama – Tushu Bhadu Katha by the Jhargram Kathakriti, Jhargaram (Jangal Mahal) in the district of Paschim Medinipur  which sensitize the audience on the focused issue on the provision of law relating to  Roll of the Legal Services Institutions.   550 students and teachers  of various schools located in the Asansol were present in the said programme.
On 20th August, 2014,  the Mobile Awareness campaign was held in and around the Alipore Court Campus in the district of South 24 Parganas at 12-00 Noon to 4-00 P.M. and on 21st  August, 2014 at Bankshall Court Campus and 22nd  August, 2014 at Sealdah Court and Sealdah Railway Station campus  by distributing leaflets and screening the feature film “Otho Go Bharata Laxmi” for empowerment of women and society  and  for wide publicity and propagation of the act and activities of the Legal Services Institutions & Schemes of NALSA to spread awareness to weaker sections of the society in the interest of public service. Sishu-Mohilader Aini Adhikar, legal awareness book,  Leaflets of this Authority were distributed among the people to generate and percolate the activities of Legal Services Institutions. Sri Abhijit Som, Member Secretary and Sri Anjan Kumar Sengupta, Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal have pay surprised visit and monitoring the Mobile Awareness campaign project.

On 30th August, 2014 the Samanaya Committee Meeting of ensuing  Durga Puja at Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata  organised by the Kolkata  Police amongst the organiser of Kolkata of the great festival of Durga Puja – 2014 in West Bengal. Sri Abhijit Som, Member Secretary and Sri Anjan Kumar Sengupta, Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal have sensitized the organisers of the  Durga Puja Committee about the roll and activities in respect of “Access to Justice For All” of the  Legal Services Institutions under the Legal Services Authorities  Act, 1987 and also requested to display one Banner of the Legal Services ( supplied by the State Authority)  free of cost at the Puja Pandels for the awareness amongst the Darshanarthi of the MAA DURGA.  

On 30 August, 2014 a Live programme on Doordarshan, Kolkata titled “ AIN KANOON” took place which was conducted by Ld. Advocate of Calcutta High Court Mr. Manikanchan Mukherjee. In the said programme Ld. Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal  Sri Abhijit Som and Ld. Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal  Sri Anjan Kumar Sengupta  were present and took  live phone calls of the audience.

In view of the adopted resolution in the 12th All India Meet of State Legal Services Authorities held at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on 8-9 March, 2014, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal has floated a 3 Tier Essay Competition- at the elementary level, for the classes (viii) to (xii), junior division and for college students  with adequate prize money on the topic of “FUNDAMENTAL DUTIES” and accordingly, this Authority has published an advertisement in the Bartaman Patrika  inviting Essay from the students with observing rules and regulations as fixed by State Authority and the same has been communicated to the Chairmen of all the District Legal Services Authorities to cause circulation to all the schools and colleges located in concerned districts of west Bengal for information of students.  This Authority has received 1205 numbers of essay from the participating students of different Schools and 48 numbers  of essay from participating  students of various Colleges in Bengali, English & Hindi versions, directly or through  the District Authorities. A panel of Judges for assessment of  essays has been constituted by this Authority Chaired by  the Hob’ble Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal and consisting of other two members Judges namely Sri Baidyanath Chatterjee, former senior lecturer of City College, Calcutta and Smt. Suchita Kujur, lecturer of Seth Surajmal Jalan College, Department of Hindi. Accordingly the panel Judges  has been pleased to  assess  and opine for award to the selected three winners of junior division, namely Miss. Dipanwita Pradhan of Class – XI-A of Kakdwip Birendra Vidyaniketan (H.S.), Kakdwip in the district of South 24 Parganas, Miss. Basabdatta Nandi of Class- IX-A of Atreyee  DAV Public School, Mongalpur in the district of Dakshin Dinajpur and Sri Bhaskar Kashyap of Class – XII-E of the RamaKrishna Mission Vidyapity, Purulia  and has also expressed that none of the essay contributed by  participants of the college students in the senior division  has not  been found to be up to the quality deemed fit for the graduate level.
This Authority organised prize distribution  ceremony at the Auditorium of Sesquicentenary Building, 9th floor, High Court, Calcutta on 12th September, 2014 on the occasion of first phase of  Natya Utshab, organised by State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal and the awards have been handed over by the  Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal,  Mr. Manoj Mitra, Mr. Bibhas Chakraborty, eminent drama personalities.

 In view of the direction of the National Legal Service Authority, New Delhi, the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal is encouraging the number of Drama troupes to produce the drama relating to act and activities of the Legal Services Institutions by holding the meeting, chaired by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal to create special wings of  awareness and propagation on the various  provisions of the focused laws for literacy of  illiterate people of the society so that they also make aware public by the legal literacy movement. State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal organised the first Natya Utsab – 2014 at the Auditorium of   Sesquicentenary, Building, High Court, Calcutta in two phases on 12th September, 2014 and on 19th September, 2014. On 12th September, 2014 the 1st  Drama “ Palte Debar Pala” was prepared by the drama troupe, Santipur Sanskritik, Santipur in the district of Nadia on the focused issue on the provisions on the Protection of Women from the Domestic Violence Act, 2005,    Dowry Prohibition  Act, (Child Marriage Prohibition of  Act, 2006), Roll of  Legal Services Institutions  and  importance of village legal care and support centres and Para-Legal Volunteers for women empowerment and  2nd Drama – “Sonar Hanser Dim” by the troupes Nathadha in the district of Howrah on the focused issue on the provisions of  law relating to Right to Education, Compulsory Education  of Children.
In the second phase on 19th September, 2014, 1st Drama- “Koinna”  by Sanghasree Yuba Natya Sanstha at Alipurduar in the district of Jalpaiguri on the focused issue on the provisions of law Pre-conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act.
2nd Drama – “Bhola Galo Iskuke” by Ellora, Pindira in the district of Burdwan on the focused issue on the provisions of law relating to Right to Education and compulsory Education of Children, Importance of Mid -Day Meal Scheme, Prohibition of Child Labour and 3rd. Drama – “Tushu Bhadu Katha” by Jhargram Kathakriti, Jhargram in the district of Paschim Medinipur on the focused issue on the provision of law relating to  PWDV Act, Roll of the Legal Services Institutions.  
The Hon’ble Dr. Justice Mangula Chellur, Chief Justice, High Court, Calcutta, & Patron-in-Chief, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta & Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal,  Hon’ble  Judges of the High Court at Calcutta,  eminent personality of Drama as well as  Drama writer Sri Manu Mukherjee, Smt. Sohini Sengupta, eminent Drama personality grace the occasion.
The Registrar-General and Registry of High Court, Calcutta,  Member Secretary  and Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, the Judicial Secretary, Government of West Bengal, the Legal Remembrancer, Government of West Bengal,  Judicial Officers of the Districts of Kolkata,  South 24 Parganas, North 24 Pargans, Howrah and Hooghly attended the  said Nattya Utsab.
The State Authority has adopted a policy to organise legal literacy seminar and camps in Colleges including Engineering Colleges, Medical Colleges and Universities throughout the month of September,  2014 by all the District Legal Services Authorities of West Bengal to spread awareness amongst the students and faculty members about the laws related to prohibition of Ragging including the West Bengal Prohibition of Raging in Educational Institutions Act, 2000,  U.G.C. Guidelines, 2009 etc. and also to interact with Colleges/Universities looking after the issue of ragging to curb the menace in Colleges and Universities. All the District Legal Services Authorities organised the legal literacy seminar and campaign in Colleges and Universities in the districts  throughout the month of September,  2014.

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News from the State of West Bengal in respect of legal services programmes for the period from January – March 2014

   
PART 1 PART 1

 


The Orientation cum Training Programme of first batch of Full Time Secretaries of District Legal Services Authorities in West Bengal

The Government of West Bengal has appointed nineteen Full Time Secretary in the rank of Civil Judge (Sr. Divn.) of each District Legal Services Authority in consultation with the High Court, Calcutta vide Notification No. 5600-J  /JD//4J-07/13 dated 19.12.2013 of the Government of West Bengal, Judicial Department. All the appointed Judicial Officers assumed their charge of office of the Secretary of respective District Legal Services Authority. Full Time Secretaries have successfully completed the Orientation cum Training Programme under the Module provided by NALSA at the Administrative Training Institute, Salt Lake, Kolkata during the period from 24th – 31st January, 2014.
On the occasion of the Inaugural session Hon’ble Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta has been pleased to Address the Audience

TRAINING OF PERMANENT SECRETARY OF DISTRICT LEGAL SERVICE AUTHORITY:
Vivekananda once said, “Give me a few men and women, pure and selfless, I shall shake the world”. I dare to equate myself with Vivekananda nor do I dare to say so. I would humbly say, the legal aid movement in our country and its prime motto would then succeed when we would give our relentless effort with infinite dedication. We would then be able to achieve the goal.

Our country is still considered to be the best and biggest democracy of the world. It clearly mandates in its Constitution equal right to all citizens, irrespective of colour and creed, caste and religion, poor and rich. Still there would be distinction between “India shining” and “Garib Bharat”. It is due to lack of knowledge and education of the poor and downtrodden and the attempt of a handful of people to gag, snatch and deny the rights of the common.

Article 39A of the Constitution would thus mandate each and every citizen of the country to have level playing field in the matter of legal support. The concept is, all are equal in the eye of law and to make such doctrine successful, everyone would have to be aware of his right and would be in a position to fight for preservation of such right. With this concept, the Legal Service Authority Act 1987 has been enacted. In our State, we get full co-operation from the executives and the persons in power and we make our every effort to utilize such support and translate them into action. We do not claim, we have achieved the goal, it is an ongoing process, we strive to go on.
One of the initial hurdles that we faced in the past is after discharging judicial duty it would be difficult for a judicial officer to purposely serve the people through Legal Service Authority. We felt the need of permanent secretary at the district level. The Government has very kindly accepted our suggestion and created 19 posts for the purpose. I do not have any hesitation to admit, I forgot to mention about the High Court Legal Service Authority which is considered to be independent of the Calcutta district. We have asked for one more permanent secretary for High Court that is pending for consideration at the appropriate level.

Brothers and sisters, we, the SLSA family, are totally dedicated to the cause of the people, particularly the poor, downtrodden, marginalized and weaker section.
Everyone is supposed to have a means of livelihood to maintain himself as well as his family and dependents. We are not the exception. However, the person associated and/or to be associated with the legal aid movement would have to give paramount importance to the cause, rather than to think of himself.

Sir, I appeal to you, I beseech, I need your relentless effort, I need your infinite zeal, I need your wholesome.

The nature of job of a secretary in Legal Service Authority is completely different than that of a judicial officer. Here, the movement would need the wholesome relentless effort of a charged human being who would think for the oppressed twenty four hours, if not more.
Sir, I am told, many of you, have become worried about your future. Someone would say, he would not get a good chamber, someone would say, tomorrow onwards he would not have his vehicle that he had so long, someone would not be sure as to whether at the end of the month he would be receiving his salary or not. Sir, I, being the head of the institution, am trying by level best to create a situation that would dispel all your doubts. I can only assure you, I would not encash my salary cheque unless all of you would receive the same. I, being the Karta of the family, would assure you all protection for your bonafide act while discharging your duty as secretary. You need not be dependent upon the nod of the District Judge in the matter of your service benefits including leave etc. In case of any difficulty don’t feel hesitated to approach me directly, when you would feel it appropriate.

Before I end, I would make one thing clear. Under the Legal Service Authority Act and the instructions that we receive from NALSA, mediation would be a part of the legal aid movement under the control of SLSA. In practice however, it is not so, at least in our State. I do not know of the other States. The then Chief Justice appointed a five judges committee at the High Court level that is called as mediation committee. The said five Judges committee is in-charge of the mediation movement within the State. Our member secretary would coordinate with the said committee as and when required. However, speaking for myself, I am not clear as to the role of SLSA particularly, in practice. At the district level, I would request you whenever the High Court mediation committee would ask you to do something you may carry on such duty. However, there must not be any financial involvement on mediation from the DLSA fund without prior approval of SLSA.
Mesdames and Sirs, you are the first batch of secretaries in the State. We look forward to your whole hearted support. We welcome you in our legal aid family. In the State, SLSA performs its job as a combined effort, not only of the chairman and two secretaries but also with the whole hearted support of the staff. We, the SLSA family, consisting of sixteen members and the members of the executive committee under the guidance of the Patron-in-Chief, would heartily welcome you in this legal aid movement. I have no doubt in my mind, we would definitely reach the goal with your sincerity and integrity. Initially, I would think, a half yearly review meeting would be necessary to oversee the movement in the State. However, at the initial stage, I would propose to meet in a central place, preferably Burdwan, on April 5 and 6, 2014, to discuss about the initial hurdles and the teething problems that you might face tomorrow onwards while discharging your duty as secretary.

This is an in house training programme. Faculties and/or resource persons from different walks of life would address you on diverse topics. You may interact with them. We will have your reaction at the end of the session and would invite your suggestions, if any. For seven days training, we have one holiday on January 26, the secretaries may leave the Institute after the end of the session on January 25 and should be back by the evening of January 26. For the rest of the period let us have a complete in house training programme. No one should leave the Institute before the training ends on January 31, except the period mentioned above.

It is your programme, participate-interact-enjoy. We have arranged cultural programmes too, in the evening of January 24, 27, 28 and 29. We would have a formal dinner on January 30 when trainees, faculties, Hon’ble Judges and other dignitaries are expected to attend.

I once again thank you for joining us and would expect your sincere co-operation.
Dated January 24, 2014                 
                                                    
Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee
Executive Chairman
State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal

[Speech delivered on the occasion of induction Training of the first batch of DLSA secretaries]

 

The Legal Literacy clubs have been set up by the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal at Apeejay School, Salt Lake, Kolkata -700 091 on 8th July, 2013 and at Apeejay School at Park Street, Kolkata – 700 016 on 10th July, 2013 in association with School Authority. The said  Legal  Literacy  Clubs inaugurated by Sri Subhasis Dasgupta, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal. The Awareness leaflets and awareness book namely, Sishu- Mohila-der  Aini Adhikar which is published by this this Authority, were distributed amongst the students  & guardian for empowerment. The film, Otho Go Bharata Laxmi has also been screened to generate special awareness of girls students and women. On the occasion of Regional Conference in the session of Empowerment of Girls Students of Schools and Colleges, the Hon’ble Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta has been sensitized the Students and Principals/Headmistress/ Headmaster/Teachers of Schools and Colleges to set up Legal Literacy Club at their Schools and Colleges to strengthen the social empowerment of the Society. So far, it is also reported that 37 no.  Legal Literacy club have been  set up at Schools and Colleges located in  the districts of Paschim Medinipur- 13, Jalpaiguri – 9, Cochbehar – 4, Purulia – 2, Dakshin Dinajpur- 3 & Birbhum – 6 by the respective District Authority.
On 5th July, 2013 a Legal Awareness Camp was organised by the Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee, Serampore in the district of Hooghly at Serampore Girls High School to raise awareness of legal rights amongst the girls students. Ld. Speakers enlightened about the various provisions enacted in legal Services Authorities Act, and Rules framed for the benefits of women who can avail legal services for ventilating  their grievances at free of cost.   The Chairman, Sub-Divisional Legal Services Copmmittee, Serampore and Judicial officers, Advocates and Headmistress with teachers attended the camp. Large numbers of girl students and non-teaching staff were present. Ld. Speakes


REPORT REGARDING SEMINAR HELD ON 25.09.2013 ON SOCIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY OF PROTECTION AND PROHIBITION AGAINST VIOLENCE ON WOMEN.

Responding the invitation made by Mrs. Sanchita Das, Regional Coordinator of the Organization, William Carey Study & Research Centre, to attend a Seminar on social and organizational responsibility of protection and prohibition against violence on women, organized by WCSRC and supported by West Bengal Social Welfare Board, held on 25th September, 2013. Mr. Anjan Kumar Sengupta, Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal was nominated to attend the said Seminar. Apart from Mr. Sengupta, other speakers of the said Seminar were Mrs. Sanchita Das, Regional Coordinator of WCSRC, Prof. Miratun Nahar, Mrs. Swati Bhattacharya, Assistant News Editor, Ananda Bazar Patrika, Mrs. Sutapa Chakraborty, Director, Behala Keertika, Mrs. Gouri Mukherjee, Officer-in-Charge, Women’s Grievance Cell Lalbazar.
The programme was started by welcome address by Mrs. Sikha Dey followed by Lighting the Lamp and Inaugural Address by Mrs. Mamata Roy, Assistant Programme Officer, West Bengal Social Welfare Board, Key-note address was given by Mrs. Sanchita Das, Regional Coordinator, Prof. Miratun Nahar sensitized the gathering about the day to day violence against women and the social and organizational responsibility of various Institutions, Mrs. Swati Bhattacharya, Assistant News Editor, Ananda Bazar Patrika stated that time has come when the women do not hesitate to disclose the violence faced by them, before the Police Authority or before other Forum and they are not ashamed of for coming out the news in public. Mrs. Bhattacharya also stated that there are numerous acts for protection of women from violence but the women in general are not aware about the remedies available to them.
In the 2nd Session of the said Seminar the film “Otho Go Bharata Laxmi” was screened, the audience felt inseparable unity and close intimacy with the character of the film and interacted by taking the name of the characters for relief available by taking legal recourse.
Mr. Anjan Kumar Sengupta, Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal sensitized the audience about the acts and activities of the Legal Services Authorities Act and the remedies available to the women. Mr. Sengupta took part in the Interaction Session and answered the queries of the audience. Mr. Sengupta also made an appeal to the audience to make campaign about the legal remedies, available to the women, to the other women, who could not reach up to the Auditorium, where the said Seminar was held. More than 75 (Seventy Five) women attended in the said Seminar.
The programme was ended with vote of thanks by Mrs. Manju Dey, Organizer, WCSRC.

On 28th September, 2013  a legal awareness camp was held at village Angina under the Kumarganj Police Station in the district of Dakshin Dinajpur organised by the District Legal Services Authority,  Dakshin Dinajpur. The Ld. Judicial Officers, Block Development officer and Officer-in-Charge, Kumarganj attended the Camp. Ld. Speakers generated legal Awareness on various aspect as like as maintenance, inheritance (women) and domestic violence etc.. more than 500 villagers were present their and some of them were interacted in the interactive session.

Report regarding Awareness Programme held on 30.09.2013 at Bethune College

In response to the invitation made by the Principal, Bethune College (Government) to participate in the Awareness Programme organized by the Women’s Studies Centre and Women’s Studies Department, Bethune College and to deliberate lecture on Woman and Violence and screening the feature film Utho Go Bharata Lakshmi produced by this Authority for the sensitization of participating girl students of the said College, the Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Sri Anjan Kumar Sengupta participated in the said lectures on woman and violence  and Awareness Programme.  Apart from Sri Sengupta other speakers were senior Justice(Retd.) of Hon’ble Calcutta High Court and Orissa High Court,  Justice Pradipta Roy since retired,  Principal, Bethune College, Prof. Sangeeta Tripathi, the famous drama personality Smt. Shaoli Mitra, Ex-I.G.(Crime) Sri Sandhi Mukherjee. The programme was started with lighting of ceremonial lamp and inaugural address of the Principal, Bethune College, thereafter the film Utho Go Bharata Lakshmi was screened. The subject matter of the film overwhelmed the participating girl students and the Teachers of the said College as well as the speakers present over there. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pradipta Roy sensitized the girl students about various aspects of legal remedies available within the ambit of various acts and in course of interaction in a very lucid manner answered the queries of the girl students. Smt. Shaoli Mitra also sensitized the girl students about the protection which would be available by taking legal recourse and educated them how to combat the crime against woman with a positive attitude. Mr. Sandhi Mukherjee stated that everything is not depressive and there is silver lining also. He stated good governance can reduce the crime. Mr. Anjan Kumar Sengupta, Registrar-cum-Deputy Sengupta, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, sensitized the girl students about the acts and activities of the Legal Services Authorities Act and the remedies available to the women, who had to face violence. Mr. Sengupta also answered the queries of the girl students in course of interactive session. Mr. Sengupta also stated to the girl students and the teachers of the Bethune College in an appealing manner to sensitise other students and women about the act and objective of Legal Services Authorities in order to propagate legal service and for wide publicity of the acts and activities of the Legal Services and to set up Legal Literacy Club in the said College, so that, the violence faced by the girl students can be tackled by taking legal recourse. The said meeting was ended with vote of thanks by one of the Professor of the Department of Women Studies.




REPORT OF SEMINAR ON EMPOWERMENT OF GIRL STUDENTS, ORGANIZED BY THE STATE LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY, WEST BENGAL, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE RAMAKRISHNA MISSION INSTITUTE OF CULTURE ON 28TH JUNE, 2013 AT 4.30 P.M. AT VIVEKANANDA HALL OF RAMAKRISHNA MISSION INSTITUTE OF CULTURE, GOL PARK, KOLKATA – 700 029.

It was basically a sensitization programme, conducted to ensure empowerment of girl students under meticulous guidance of Hon’ble Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, as desired by Hon’ble Patron-in-Chief, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Arun Mishra, The Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court.

This programme was attended by 1,145 girl students from different schools and colleges of Kolkata pursuing their studies in Class- IX and XI of schools and 1st year & 2nd year of colleges. As many as 39 schools and 7 colleges from different parts of Kolkata participated to the Seminar with all enthusiasm. The State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal had the privilege to secure the august presence of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir, The Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India; Hon’ble Mr. Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly, former Judge, Supreme Court of India and the Chairperson of West Bengal Human Rights Commission; Hon’ble Mr. Justice Arun Mishra, The Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court and Hon’ble Patron-in-Chief, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal; Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal; and Swami Suparnananda, Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park, Kolkata to this programme.

The welcome address to this programme was given by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, followed by address of Swami Suparnananda and Presidential address by the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Arun Mishra, The Chief Justice of High Court at Calcutta and Patron-in-Chief, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal.  After the Presidential address, there was address by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly, former Judge of Supreme Court of India and the Chairperson, West Bengal Human Rights Commission. The inaugural address was delivered by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir, The Chief Justice of India. The address delivered by the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir, The Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India highly encouraged the participating students from schools and colleges to fight for their own challenges without suppressing the same, after energizing the inner strength of the girl students in order to ensure empowerment of girl students. The requirement of the sensitization programme was highly emphasized, in spite of different provision of law of the Country, aiming at protection of the rights of women. The inspiring speech of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly, former Judge, Supreme Court of India and the Chairperson, West Bengal Human Rights Commission, appealed to the participating girl students, to come forward to secure their rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India and also under different provisions of law of the Country. The Presidential address delivered by Hon’ble Mr. Justrice Arun Mishra, The Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court and Hon’ble Patron-in-Chief, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal was intended to sensitize the participating girl students, referring the courage, mental strength, the women had in the context of our Indian History, and expressed his high hope about the efficacy of this Seminar, so as to ensure Constitutional vision of justice. The speech delivered by Swami Suparnananda was highly revealing so as to mentally strengthen the girl students for the protection of their rights guaranteed under different provisions of law. The Welcome address, delivered by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, discussed elaborately the means, as to how the girl students could fight for their own causes against any challenges that they might come across in their day to day life after taking up the matter to Legal Literacy Club of School.  According to Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, it was high time for the girl students to raise their voice.

The girl students were highly benefited by the sensitization programme. The deliberation that revealed, would definitely direct the girl students to fight for their own challenges by showing a tangible advancement on this issue in near future.

The programme was ended with vote of thanks proposed by Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal followed by exhibition of a Film styled as “Otho Go Bharata Laxmi”, produced by State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal in order to ensure empowerment of girl students.

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Report of Participation in the National Law Fair, held at Raskhawa under P.S.-Karandighi, Dist: Uttar Dinajpur for the period from 9th-12th May, 2013

The First National Law Fair 2013 held at held at Raskhawa under P.S.-Karandighi, District Uttar Dinajpur for the period from 9th-12th May, 2013 organised by the Court of Consultancy and District Legal Services Authority, Uttar Dinajpur and Bar Council of West Bengal under the guidance of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal to reach the goal of the Legal Services Authorities Act to door steps for the downtrodden and marginalised people and weaker section of the society. The following wide publicity programmes were held during the said period. 

Special Mega LokAdalat for 3 districts, Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda and Uttar Dinajpur was held only on 9th May, 2013. On 10th May, 2013, Lok Adalat only of Uttar Dinajpur was held on all four days, though disposal rate is very very poor, presumably for non-participation of Lawyer.

The free Legal Aid Clinic, exhibition centre& Legal Awareness Programmes were successfully held. Innumerable persons, not less than 10 thousand, on each and every of those four days attended said programme of awareness and the very motto of participation of the S.L.S.A., W.B. in the L.A. programme, in setting up free L.A. Clinic, within the premises of Law Fair got a meaningful indication to make the local people aware of daily life related law, problem & prospective solution through the acts & activities of Legal Services Institutions. The Member Secretary, Mir Dara Sheko and  the Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary, Sri Sudipta Bhattacharjee State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, District Judge in charge, Uttar Dinajpur,  Secretary  D.L.S.A., Uttar Dinajpur, District Magistrate, Addl. D.M. (G) , Deputy Magistrate of Raiganj, S.D.O. Islampur, Members of managing committee, teachers of Rasakhowa High School etc. Lastly, though not the least, the uncombatable energetic effort of the chief advisor and the members of the organiser and their all out vigilance gave a complete shape of law fair, for which they laboured since a month back. 

About 50 thousand books on women & children, on 100 days work, &leaflets printed in four languages have been distributed amongst gathering & the film “Utho Go Bharat O Lakshmi“ produced by this S.L.S.A.,W.B. was screened through our Projector set  (carried by our Mobile Court Van) during entertaining programming session.

Over all, the participation of SLSA, except failure in worth saying disposal of cases through Special Mega Lok Adalat, made the programme a grand success.

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Report on the Seminar held on 5th April, 2013 in the Auditorium of the Sesquicentenary Building of the High Court, Calcutta.

The Seminar on legal empowerment of girls students of Schools and Colleges under the scheme of Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, was organised by the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal on 5th April, 2013 under guidance of the Hon’ble Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Mr Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee. His Lordship delivered speech on the need and mode of legal empowerment of women. The Member Secretary Mir Dara Sheko also addressed vote of thanks. The Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary Sri Sudipta Bhattacharjee, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, was also present.

The Headmistress of sixty five number of Girls’ Schools and Principal of nine Girls’ Colleges participated in the Seminar and they have been sensitised also on the concept and need of setting up Legal Literacy Club and Legal Cadet Corp in the respective Educational Institutions.

The entire Seminar, where after deliberation by the Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, three lady Principals were also selected to take seat on dais for conducting  the rest part of the Seminar by sharing their views on the topic. The Seminar ended with a grand success.

Legal Awareness Camp on 7th April, 2013 at Tribal Community

Programme of Awareness Camp was held on 7th April 2013 at Jhargram within the District Paschim Medinipur covering the locality of Tribal Community. The Legal Awareness Camp, followed by Legal Aid Clinic was organised by one Club of Tribal Community Birsatala Kherwal Gounta under the aegis and guidance of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal in collaboration with DLSA, Paschim Medinipur and SDLSC, Jhargram. About one thousand persons of Jhargram, mostly of whom were of Tribal Community, patiently participated. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Roy, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Biswanath Somadder, Zonal Judge of Paschim Medinipur actively participated in said Legal Awareness Programme by delivering speech about the need of legal awareness, rights of the Tribal Community within the framework of law, and also on some daily life related legal rights and obligations. The Member Secretary Mir Dara Sheko addressed the gathering to take benefit of Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. The Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary Sri Sudipta Bhattacharjee, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, local Judicial Officers of Jhargram including the Registrar-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Paschim Medinipur, also were present. The awareness programme ends with success.

REPORT OF AWARENESS PROGRAMME THROUGH BROADCASTING WITH EFFECT FROM 02.01.2013 TO 27.03.2013.


On taking approval of Hon’ble Patron-in-Chief, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal Mr. Justice Arun Mishra, the Hon’ble The Chief Justice of High Court at Calcutta, the programme of Awareness of daily life related law and to answer to the queries raised over telephone from various sectors, the Radio Programme has been conducted by the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal on each and every Wednesday since 8.30 P.M. to 9.00 P.M. from 02.01.2013 to 27.03.2013.

Through broadcasting, awareness was held for all concerned about the eligibility, as to who and from where would get free legal services from within the scheme of the Act and also by awaring the listeners of the law for protection and rights of children, relating to marriage of Hindu, Muslim and Christian, relating to Motor Accident Claims, relating to protection of women, relating to Dowry Prohibition,  relating to trafficking to women and children  of  inheritance, both of Hindu and  Mahamedan and law relating to Right of Consumers,  live speech was delivered followed by interactive session.

The Member Secretary, Mir Dara Sheko, and the Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary, Sudipto Bhattacharjee, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal respectively were the speakers, and, said programme was anchored by Shri Moloy Ghosh, Anchorer, attached to All India Radio, Kolkata.

(Mir Dara Sheko)
Member Secretary,
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Inauguration of Mediation Centre of High Court at Calcutta

On 24th February, 2013 the Mediation Committee, High Court Calcutta and State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal organized the Inaugural  function of Mediation Centre of the High Court,  Calcutta at 5 Council House, Street, Kolkata – 700 001. The Mediation Centre was inaugurated by The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir, the Hon’ble  The Chief  Justice of India and Patron-in-Chief of National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi in the august presence of the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar, Judge, Supreme Court of India & Chairperson, Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee, Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Arun Mishra, the Hon’ble  The Chief  Justice, High Court, Calcutta  and Patron-in-Chief of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pranab Kumar Chattopadhyay, Chairperson, Mediation Committee and Hon’ble Justice  Indira Banerjee, Chairperson, Calcutta, High Court Legal Services Committee.   The Hon’ble Judges, High Court, Calcutta,   Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Biswanath Somadder, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  I. P. Mukerji, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Soumen Sen,  Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Toufique Uddin, members of the Mediation Committee, High Court, Calcutta, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Subhro Kamal Mukherjee, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Tapan Kumar Dutt, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Dipankar Datta, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  K. S. Ahluwalia, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Mrinal Kanti Sinha,  Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Ashoke Kumar Dasadhikari, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Joymalya Bagchi, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Asim  Kumar Mondal, and other Hon’ble Judges of the High Court at Calcutta. The Registrar General with official of Registry of the Hon’ble High Court, Calcutta and Mir Dara Sheko, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal were also present. 

Celebration of International Women’s Day

On 9th March, 2013, the International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 9, 2013 at the Auditorium of Sesquicentenary Building, 9th floor, High Court at Calcutta by the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal and Calcutta High Court Legal Services Committee. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir, the Hon’ble  The Chief  Justice of India and Patron-in-Chief of National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi inaugurated  the said sensitization programme in august presence of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Arun Mishra, the Hon’ble  The Chief  Justice, High Court, Calcutta  and Patron-in-Chief of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal,  the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly, Chairperson, West Bengal Human Rights Commission, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta  & Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal,  Hon’ble Justice Indira Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta  & Chairperson, Calcutta High Court Legal Services Committee.  Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Girish Chandra Gupta, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Subhro Kamal Mukherjee, Hon’ble  Justice NishitaMhatre,  Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Jayanta Kumar Biswas,   Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Tapan Kumar Dutt,   Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Aniruddha Bose, Hon’ble  Justice  Nadira Patherya, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Prasenjit Mondal, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Soumen Sen, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  Joymalya Bagchi, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  SubalBaidya  and other Hon’ble Judges, High Court at Calcutta together with  Hon’ble Mr. Justice Samaresh Banerjea, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Aloke Chakrabarti, former Judges High Court, Calcutta  Ex-Executive Chairmen, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal & Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pradipta Ray, former Judge High Court, Calcutta  were present. The wives of Hon’ble Judge were also present in the women empowerment programme.

In second phase – Panel discussion, headed by Chanderi Alam, Advocate, High Court, Calcutta with Ms .Namita Chowdhury, Poet, Ms. Bani Basu, Literature, Ms. Alakananda Roy, Dancer & Social Activist, Ms.(Dr.) Indrani Lodh, Ms. Debasree Chatterjee,  Assistant commissioner of Police, Kolkata, and Ms. Satarupa Sanyal, Director was held and they shared their real experience respective field in that session to justify celebration of the International Women’s Day, and to give message to the society as to how the women should be dealt with, and /or, what should be behavioral attitude of women to run the family towards right direction.

In third phase – the primer show of feature film “Utho Go Bharato Lakshmi” has been prepared by the West Bengal State Authority under the untired guidance of the Hon’ble Executive Chairman of this Authority, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee.  Sri Bimal Chatterjee, Ld. Advocate General of West Bengal, Hon’ble Justice The Registrar-General of High Court, Calcutta with Registry, Mir Dara Sheko, Member Secretary and Sri Sudipta Bhattacharjee, Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Judicial Officers, Advocates, Members of the Body of State Authority, Retired District Judges, Social Activists, Representatives of N. G. Os, Press with electronic Media attended the programme.

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In compliance with the direction imposed on the Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal  by the Hon’ble Kerala High Court vide  Their Lordships Order dated 12.02.2013 in WP (Crl) No. 61 of 2013, Mir Dara Sheko, Member Secretary,  has submitted the following report :-

  1. On taking permission of the Hon’ble Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, I being the Respondent No. 15 of the aforesaid W.P. on 21.02.2013 personally visited the house of Sultan Sk. of Lalnagar, P.O. Hasanpur within Murshidabad Police Station, West Bengal, and met with Vijina alias Kiran Bala alias Haseena Khatun, and also the Respondent No. 11 Md. Shittu Mondal, S/o. Late Asraf Mondal there.

 

  1. It is ascertained by conducting one to one interview in presence of the Sub-divisional Police Officer, Lalbag (who accompanied me to Lalnagar) that said Vijinaallias Kiran Bala, renamed as Haseena Khatun, is not under detention of anybody, rather, the lady ensured me that being fallen in love with said Respondent No. 11, she got herself  married with Respondent No. 11, as per the custom and rituals of the Mahamedans, and, she has been staying in the house of Parveena Bibi (Sister of Respondent No. 11 & Wife of Sultan Sk). Along with said Respondent No. 11.  Sultan Sk. and Parveena Bibi also admitted such fact.
  1. Said Kiran Bala and Respondent No. 11 had taken steps for getting their marriage registered under Special Marriage Act.
  • In presence of the Local Sub-divisional Police Officer said Respondent No. 11 and Vijina alias Kiran Bala alias Haseena Khatun assured that they would appear along with documents of registration of their marriage before the Court of Judicial Magistrate, Nadapuram, as soon as the registration process under Special Marriage Act will be over.

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FIRST LAW FAIR – 2012 IN THE DISTRICT OF UTTAR DINAJPUR

The  First Law Fair-2012 in West Bengal held at the village, Sahebghata, under P.S. Kaliaganj, within district Uttar Dinajpur, covering three continuous days i.e. 13th , 14th and 15th October, 2012, organized by the Court of Consultancy under the aegis of  State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal in collaboration with the District Legal Services Authority, Uttar Dinajpur and Bar Council of West Bengal.        

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Tapen Sen, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Zonal Judge of the district of Uttar Dinajpur, due to sudden inconvenience and unavoidable situation could not attend the Law Fair.

The Acting Chief Justice, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Hon’ble Justice Indira Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta, & Chairperson, Calcutta High Court Legal Services Committee, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Soumitra Pal, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Harish Tandon, Judge, High Court, Calcutta, were pleased to offer august presence of Their Lordships to make such Law Fair-2012 all round success.

The said Law Fair-2012, with pomp and grandeur was inaugurated on 13th October, 2012 by the  Executive Chairman, SLSA, W.B., Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, in the august presence of Hon’ble Justice Indira Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta, and Chairperson, Calcutta High Court Legal Services Committee, Hon’bleMr. Justice Soumitra Pal, Judge, High Court, Calcutta, which was followed by LokAdalat (for disposal of pre-litigated and pending criminal petty cases), Legal Aid Clinics (to render free legal advice), Legal Awareness Camps (covering different aspects of Law, as mentioned in the programme), and, law related entertaining programmes, like Drama viz. “SHISHUR ADHIKAR’, “ESO AMRA MANUSH HOI”, and, “ORA KARA”.

In addition to participation of Their Lordships, Judicial Officers of Uttar Dinajpur, the Chairman of the State Bar Council, West Bengal, and, some Members of Bar Council also remained present and participated in the Law Fair by delivering speech on different topics to develop Legal Literacy of the people attending the Legal Awareness Camp, mostly on the topic, allotted to them under guidance of Executive Chairman, and, by rendering free Legal Advice to the persons attending the Legal Aid Clinics on 13th and 14th October, 2012.

On the 1st  day, i.e. on 13th October, 2012 about not less than 7000 persons attended said Legal Awareness Camp, many whom took free legal advice from two Legal Aid Clinics.

On the 2nd day it increased to the extent of about not below 14,000, and, on 3rd day it was almost 10,000, all of whom on each and every day in very disciplined manner and with patience attended LokAdalat, Legal Awareness Camps and Clinics.

Leaflets, as prepared and printed in 4 language by this State Authority, viz., Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and English in a single sheet of paper was circulated amongst the  people, gathered everyday in the Law Fair.

That apart, according to the guidelines of NALSA, on the basis of ‘Mahatma Gandhi RojgarYojona’,  one book in the name and style “Aksho Diner Karmosuchi O Apnar Adhikar”, as printed by this Authority in lucid and simple Bengali Language to make its contents understandable to the common people, was unveiled by the Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice, the Executive Chairman, SLSA, W.B. in said Law Fair, and, copies of  said Book were also distributed amongst the people, so gathered in Law Fair-2012.

In all, this Authority with active co-operation of the NGO, namely, the Court of Consultancy, State Bar Council of West Bengal, and, the DLSA, Uttar Dinajpur organized the entire almost of flawless programme, and, the people, so gathered (major part of whom are not so literate), attended the Law Fair, as the patient audience, right from the time of taking their seat till completion of the entire programme of the day, and, many of whom also participated in the Interactive Session, which were attended sometimes by Hon’ble Justice, sometimes by Ld. Members of Bar Council and me.

Visit to Legal Services Institutions

Pursuant of the direction of National Legal Services Authority, the Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal has been visiting the office of the District Authorities and the Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committees, holding meeting with the  judicial officers of the station and Members of Bar Association for sensitizing and generating awareness on the Schemes  and projects of legal services institutions.

On 8th December, 2012, the Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal visited the office of the District Authority, Coocbehar and Sub- Divisional Committees, Mathabhanga and Mekhliganj,and the same of  Sub-Divisional Committees, Dinhata and Tufanganj on 9th December, 2012, and inspected the work of the Authority and Committees, instructed to maintain the registers, statistical data, Accounts (fund wise) and to send timely compliance. The Member Secretary met with the members of the  Bar of District and  Sub-Divisions for sensitizing and generation/ discussion  awareness for Mediation, Legal Aid Clinics and effective implementation of the Schemes under the Legal Services Authorities Act, Rules and Regulations.

On 15th December, 2012, the Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal  visited the office of the District Authority, PaschimMedinipur and Sub- Divisional Committees, Ghatal and Jhargram and inspected the work of the Authority and Committees, instruct the maintaining  the registers, statistical data, Accounts (fund wise). The Member Secretary  met with the Bar of District for sensitizing and  generation/ discussion  awareness on Mediation, Legal Aid Clinics and effective implementation of the various Schemes.

On 20th December, 2012, the Member Secretary, State Authority visited the office of the District Authority, Birbhum and Sub- Divisional Committee, Bolpur on 21th December, 2012, and  inspected the work of the Authority and Committees, instruct the maintaining the registers, statistical data, Accounts (fund wise). The Member Secretary met with the Bar of District and  Sub-Divisions for generation/ discussion  awareness on Mediation, Legal Aid Clinics and effective implementation of Schemes under the Act.

2nd Regional Conference on Mediation with the all  Judicial officers  of the districts of Bankura, Paschim Medinipur, Purba Medinipur and Purulia at Midnapore within PaschimMedinipur on 16th December, 2012. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pranab Kumar Chattopadhyay, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Chairperson of the Mediation Committee, High Court, Calcutta inaugurated the Second Regional Conference in presence of Hon’ble Member Judges of the Committee, Mr. Justice Biswanath Somadder, Judge, High Court, Calcutta, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Soumen Sen, Judge, High Court, Calcutta  and  Hon’ble Mr. Justice Toufique Uddin, Judge, High Court, Calcutta.  Mir Dara Sheko, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal also attended. The Hon’ble Chairperson and Members of the Mediation Committee by delivering speech sensitized judicial officers in the matter of referring appropriate cases to the trained Mediator. The Conference ended with the interactive session, where, many of the Judicial Officers have come out to remove their confusion and to satisfy their queries. All  Judicial officers (except the Magistrates in charge of holding remand) of all those four districts participated in that Conference.

On 1st December, 2012, the  world  HIV/AIDS Day was  observed by the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal near the Dunlop Bridge in the district of North 24 Parganas in association with the SAATHII, N.G.O. Mir Dara Sheko, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal participate the said observance programme.

On 3rd December, 2012, The  World Disability Day was observed by the District Legal Services Authority, North 24 Parganas at Barasat in association the Barasat Sabalambi Pratibandi. Mir Dara Sheko, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Shri N. K. Ghosal, Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, North 24 Parganas, the Chief Medical officer(Health), North 24 Parganas attended the observance programme. About 250 Pratibandi were present there.

On 9th November, 2012 this Authority  observed National Legal Services Day at Howrah Railway Station for wide publicity and campaign. Leaflets have been distributed amongst  Railway passengers and pedestrians. Apart from this the District Authorities of West Bengal have  observed the National Legal Services Day on 9th & 10th November, 2012 by holding the  Legal Awareness Camps and LokAdalats.

Training Programme of the Specialised Course for Welfare Officers of the Correctional Services on Law and Legal Aidat the Regional Institute of Correctional Administration, Government of West Bengal, Dum Dum, Kolkata from 2nd to 4th December, 2012 was organised by the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal and Regional Institute of Correctional Administration in association with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and Human Rights Law Network. Mir Dara Sheko, Member Secretary, State Authority, Chairmen of District Authorities, Howrah, Hooghly, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas, Chief Judicial Magistares and Additional Chief Judicial Magistrates both sadar and sub-divisions under the respective districts participated inTraining programme on 2.12.2012.

Training programme for all the Secretaries of District Legal Services Authorities in West Bengal is organised by the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal at the West Bengal Judicial Academy, on 28th& 29th December, 2012 for imparting training to the Secretaries of District Authorities  as per guidelines  of National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi. The Hon’ble Justice Indira Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Chairperson, Calcutta High Court Legal Services Committee and  Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashim Kumar Roy, Judge, High Court Calcutta on 29th December, 2012, Shri Anindya Bhattacharyya, Director, West Bengal Judicial Academy, Mir Dara Sheko, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Shri Anirban Mazumder, Assistant Professor, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences and Shri Purnendu Bhattacharyya, District Judge (Retd.) were its faculty members.

On the occasion of completion of 200 years of renowned Rash Mela  in the district of Coochbehar, the State Legal Services  Authority, West Bengal in collaboration with District Legal Services Authority, Coochbehar have installed Legal Literacy cum Legal Awareness Camp and free legal aid clinic at Rash Mela – 2012, Coochbehar for wide publicity of legal awareness and propagation of legal services activities to the common people from 29th November, 2012 to 19th December 2012. Mir DaraSheko, Member Secretary, West Bengal visited the Literacy stall and participated in the awareness campaign programme on 8th & 9th December, 2012 and interacted with the visitors appeared in the legal aid clinic. ShriAmitabha Chatterjee, Chairman, DLSA, Coochbehar, District Magistrate, Coochbehar, ShriSudiptaBhattacharjee, Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary, of SLSA, W.B. and Judicial officers, Ld. Advocates, Representative of N. G. Os., Para-legal Volunteers (PLVs) were present there. Leaflets and books were distributed therefrom.

On the occasion of Poush Mela – 2012 at Santiniketan, Bolpur  in the district of Birbhum, the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal and the District Legal Services Authority, Birbhum have installed Legal Literacy cum Legal Awareness Camp and free legal aid clinic at Melapremises at Santiniketan – Bolpur, for wide publicity of legal awareness and propagation of legal services activities to the common people from 23rd December, 2012 to 25th December,2012. Mir Dara Sheko, Member Secretary, SLSA, W.B. visited the Literacy stall and participated in the awareness campaign programme on 23rd&24th December, 2012 and interacted with the visitors attended the legal aid clinic. Chairman, DLSA, Birbhum, the Chairman, SDLSC, Bolpur, Judicial officer of Bolpur, Advocates, Representative of N. G. Os., Para-legal Volunteers (PLVs) were present there. Leaflets and  bookswere distributed therefrom.

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On 1st July 2012 a Legal Awareness – cum - Mobile Awareness Camp was organized by the Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee, Ghatal in the native village of Pandit Iswarchandra Vidyasagar at Birsingha Gram in the district of Paschim Medinipur by using the Mobile Court Van of the State Authority for the first time. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, Judge, High Court, Calcutta inaugurated the said Camp  in presence of the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Tapan Kumar Dutt, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Zonal Judge of district Paschim Medinipur. The Member Secretary and the Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Ld. District Judge-in-charge, Paschim Medinipur, Chairman, sub-Divisinal Legal Services Committee, Ghatal & Additional District & Sessions Judge, Ghatal, Judicial officers of Ghatal Sub-Division, Advocates, Teachers with students of Local Schools, Representatives of N. G. Os participated in said awareness programme. Their Lordships enlightened aims of Vidyasagar, basing upon the Constitutional Rights of people, Right to Education of Children, Legal empowerment of Women and Children, and, also about the acts and activities of Legal Services Institution.  A good number of villagers of Birsingha Gram including Teachers & Students were impressed upon the need and importance of Legal Literacy Club in Schools and Colleges.

On 11th July 2012 a legal awareness camp was held at Purba kumarpara under Arbinda Gram Pancahayat under Kotwali Police station in the district of Jalpaiguri by the District Legl Services Authority, Jalpaiguri with the assistance of Jalpaiguri Mahila Kalyan Sangha, Jalpaiguri. The Speakers discussed the purpose, scope and object of the Legal Services Authorities Act and the services availability from the legal services institutions, Rights of Women and Children for legal empowerment, PWDVAct. The Chairman, District Legal Services Authority & District & Sessions Judge, Jalpaiguri, Judicial Officers, Advocates attended the programme.

On the same day, a Legal Aid Clinic has been set up by the District Legal Services Authority, Kolkata at Surendranath College, Sealdah, Kolkata in association with the College Authority and students. Leaflets in vernacular containing all information about legal Services activities were distributred among the students, employees of the college. Ld. Speakers enlightened about the anti-ragging law and on need of saving a girl child, Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, importance of Lok Adalats, availability of free legal services.

On 16th July, 2012, one day seminar on “Role of Panchayats in the Implementation of Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987” at Madhusudan Manch, Dhakuria, Kolkata organized by District Legal Services Authority, South 24 Parganas  in association with the Zilla Parishad of South 24 Parganas.  Mir Dara Sheko, Ld. Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, South 24 Pargans & District & Sessions Judge, South 24 Parganas, Sabhadhipati of South 24 Parganas, the District Magistrate and the  Additional District Magistrate of South 24 parganas, District Registrar, South 24 Parganas, officers of Zilla Parishad of South 24 parganas, Sabhapati of Panchayat Samities in the District of South 24 Parganas  participated in the said seminar.

On 22nd July 2012, a legal awareness camp held in the School premises of Ambiok Primary School with assistance of Dr. Harka Bahadur Chettri, MLA, Kalimpong. The ld. speakers spreading legal awareness on the Rights of labourers of the  Tea Estate and  aims & object different welfare schemes of the Government  with its effective implementation and  aim and object of the Legal Services Authorities Act and Scheme of NALSA. The Chairman, Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee, Kalimpong and Additional District & Sessions Judge, Kalimpong, Local Judicial Officers, Advocates, Local MLA participated in the awareness programme. The Ld. Speakers interacted with the participants. Huge numbers of hill people were present.

On the same day, the District Legal Services Authority, Kolkata organized a legal awareness camp coupled with Legal Aid Clinic at Kumartuli Institute, 19 Abhoy Mitra Lane, Kolkata under Shympur Police Station in association with Sanlap, N.G.O. Ld. Speakers enlightened on the provisions of P.N.D. T. Act, need of saving girl Child, Child Marriage Restraint Act, Child Marriage Prohibitation Act, Dowry prohibition Act, Protection of Women from Domestic Violance Act , Law of maintenance and the Legal Services Authorities Act, & it’s aim and object. Thereafter, ld. speakers interacted with the Audience. The Chief Judge, City Civil Court, Calcutta & Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Kolkata, Judicial Officers, Advocates, representatives of Sanglap attended.  A large number of citizens were present there.

On 24th July 2012, a legal awareness camp was held in the Sub-Correctional Home at Lalbagh, where also one Free Legal Aid Centre/Clinic was established. The Chairman, SDLSC, Lalbagh & Additional District & Sessions Judge, Lalbagh, Judicial officers, members of Local Bar attended the camp. Most of the U T Ps  were present there.

on 28th July 2012 a sensitization programme on “the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and Role of Special Juvenile Police unit and Police Officers designed as Child Welfare Officers” held at the Briefing room of the Kolkata Police Head Quarters, Lalbazar organized by the District Legal Services Authority, Kolkata in association with the Kolkata Police followed by interactive session. The Judicial officers, Joint Commissioner of Police, sixty-five Child Welfare Officers posted at different Police Station of Kolkata were present in the said programme. The diginoraties discussed on the importance and aims and objects of the camp, various provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and on the role of Special Juvenile Police Unit and Juvenile Welfare Officers, duties and function of the Police officers dealing with cases under the Act and stressed on the need of completion of investigation at the earliest and attendance of police officers before the Juvenile Justice Board in plain cloths etc.

The District Legal Services Authority, Howrah organized legal awareness camps at Sanghati Briddhashram, Sultanpur (santragachi) on Senior Citizen Act and PWDV Act  on 27.07.2012 The Chairman, District Legal Services Authority & District & Sessions Judge, Howrah, Additional District Judges,  Assistant Commissioner of Police, Protection Officers, Advocates, Police Authorities attended.  On 30.07.2012 at Howrah District Correctional Home awareness programmer was held on Plea Bargaining. The Chairman, District Legal Services Authority & District & Sessions Judge, Howrah, Additional District Judges, The Superintendent of Correctional Home, Social Welfare Officer, Panel Advocates attended and a good number of UTPs were present.

The District Legal Services Authority, South 24 Parganas organized Legal Literacy cum Legal Awareness Programmes for generating /spreading legal awareness for the legal empowerment of the poor and downtrodden people / citizen of the society  on 06.07.2012 at the Auditorium of Bhangore–I Panchayat Samity and Bhangore –II Panchayat Samity, on 10.07.2012 at the Auditorium of Mandirbazar Panchayat Samity and the Auditorium  of  Mathurapur–I Panchayat Samity, on 24.07.2012 at the Auditorium of Institute  For Education for Women, Alipore, on 27.07.2012 at the Auditorium of State Education for Physical Education, Alipore, on 31. 07.2012 at Vidyanagar Balika Vidyalaya, Bakrahat Girl’s High School and Grihosree Sikshyatan for Girl’s. The Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, South 24 parganas, Sabhapati, B.D.Os, protection officers, Pradhans with Gram Sabha members, Advocates, representatives of N.G.Os., Para-legal volunteers attended the programmes.

Mobile Awareness camps are being held in the state of West Bengal by using the Mobile Court Van of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal. the Mobile  Legal Literacy –cum-Legal Awareness  generation programmes  were conducted in rural areas as well as remote villages by the District Legal Services Authority, South 24 parganas on 25.08.2012 at Bhangore College, Bhangore Market, Ghatakpukur Bazar onwards, on 26.08.2012 at Ashuti-I  Gram Panchayat, Ashuti-II Gram Panchayat, Chatta Gram panchayat, Rasupunja Gram Panchayat Khanberia Free Primary School and on 29.08.2012 at Joynagar-II Panchayat Samity, Joynagar-II Panchayat Samity and  on 07.09.2012 at Ariapara High School, Muchisa,  Few Members of District Authority, Para-Legal Volunteers  were in the van and they explained  the aims and objectives of the Legal Services Authorities, distributed leaflets and also explained who, how and from where free legal services can be availed of by the eligible persons and awareness programme was held also on different provisions of laws for protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, Senior Citizen, Children etc.

Legal Awareness camps for publicity about importance of setting up Legal Literacy Club in schools /colleges, and, object and different Schemes under the Legal Services Authorities Act were held on 04.08.2012 at the Auditorium of St. Augustine’s School, Kalimpong, Darjeeing organized by Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee, Kalimpong and on the same day at the Auditorium of Kalimpong Government High School. The Chairman, SDLSC, Kalimpong & Additional District Judge, Kalimpong, Judicial Officers, Advocates, Students were present there.

The Mediation Committee, High Court, Calcutta and the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal organized a “Mediation Training Programme” of Ld. Lawyers of remote districts on and from 25th August 2012 to 29th August 2012 at the West Bengal Judicial Academy, Bijan Bhawan, Salt Lake City, Kolkata where renowned faculty members namely Mrs. S. Susheela and Mrs. Shobha Patil, Trainers of Bangalore Mediation Centre were deputed as Trainers of said Mediation Programme. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pranab Kumar Chattopadhyay, Judge, High Court, Calcutta & Chairperson of Mediation Committee, High Court, Calcutta inaugurated the Training programmer on Saturday, the 25th day of Aughst, 2012,  in presence of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Biswanath Somadder,  Judge, High Court, Calcutta & Member of Mediation Committee, High Court, Calcutta, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Soumen Sen, Judge, High Court, Calcutta & Member of Mediation Committee, High Court, Calcutta and  Hon’ble Justice Toufique Uddin, Judge, High Court, Calcutta & Member  of Mediation Committee, High Court, Calcutta. Mir Dara Sheko, Member Secretary, and Sri Sudipta Bhattacharjee, Registrar –cum- Deputy Secretary of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Sri Anindya Bhattacharyya, Director, and Additional Director and Administrative Officer of West Bengal Judicial Academy were present there. 32 Advocates in the districts of North Bengal and South Bengal attended as Trainees of the Mediation Training programme.

The  State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal has published one article in the name and  style of “ Naya Bichar Sakaler Janya” in the widely circulated  Sharadiya, 2012 (Puja Specials) issues of the Bartaman, the Desh, the Patrika, the Sananda, the Unish-Kuri and the Anandalok, for wide publicity and propagation of the Act and Activities of  State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal as well as High Court Legal Services Committee, District Legal Services Authorities and Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committees amongst the  respective readers of either of those Sharadiya issues and the  persons residing  in and around, of course keeping in mind that the issues were read at least by four members, of not more of each subscriber family.

On 1st September, 2012, a legal awareness camp organized by the District Legal Services Authority, North 24 Parganas at the premises of Hridaypur Naba Sopan, Barasat, North 24 Parganas with a view to enrichment of knowledge of Women in respect of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 and legal remedy of the sufferers. The Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, & District and Sessions Judge, North 24 parganas and Judicial officers of the station, Ld. Advocates attended the awareness programme. The Legal Awareness programmer was followed by an interactive session.  A large number of persons including women were present there.

On 1st September, 2012 a seminar on Trafficking of Child, minor Girl, incidents of gang-rape and protection of women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 was held at the Conference Hall of North Bengal University organized by the Department of Law, North Bengal University in collaboration with State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal and Darjeeling District Legal Aid Forum. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, Senior most Judge of High Court at Calcutta and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal  inaugurated the seminar in presence of the Prof. Samir Kumar Das,  Vice-Chancellor of North Bengal University, Mir Dara Sheko,  Member Secretary and Shri Sudipta Bhattacharjee, Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary of  State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Head of the Department (Law), Swami Dibyananda Maharaj, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Saradapith, Prof. Gangotri Chakraborty, Professor and Head of the Department of Law and Dr. Rathin Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor, Law Department of North Bengal University, Mrs. Bani Deb, President, Darjeeling District Legal Aid Forum. His Lordship addressed to the audience and sensitized the law students for smooth functioning of Legal Aid Clinic of the University by taking some important steps to protect the victims of Trafficking, Gang-rape, and, for protection of women from Domestic Violence Act. About 300 Law students were present in the seminar and they also interacted with His Lordship on the different angles of the subjects in the interactive session.

In addition to setting up of earlier 44 permanent Legal Aid Centres in several areas, at panchayat level, one special drive was taken to inaugurate further Legal Aid Centres in panchayat areas throughout the State of West Bengal on 2nd September, 2012 as far as was practicable through the respective Chairmen of District Legal Services Authorities & Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committees, by such action plan  and  181  nos Legal Aid Centres (District wise – Uttar Dinajpur – 27,  Murshidabad – 2, Coochbehar -9, Burdwan- 2 Birbhum -12, Malda – 22, Bankura-5, North 24 Parganas-3, South 24 Parganas – 28, Hooghly -12, Howrah – 12, Kolkata – 2,  Purba Medinipur-6, Nadia-8, Jalpaiguri 2, Purulia – 22 and Darjeeling -7) were set up for its functioning under the Regulation Nos. 10 &11 of the National Legal Services Authority (Legal Aid Clinics) Regulations, 2011, and, of which 9 such Legal Aid Centres have been specially inaugurated directly by the Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, Senior most Judge of High Court at Calcutta, in the North Bengal by remaining physically present and bydelivering speeches on the proposed acts and activities of the Legal Aid Centres.

Further Report in respect of Instance of pro-activity of  Incident of Visva Bharati, Bolpur, Birbhum

Minor girl of Monoj Mistri, of Bolpur upon whom the offence specially within the ambit of Section 23 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 was allegedly committed, one specific case already was registered at P.S.- Bolpur for the act of compelling  the minor girl to swallow its own urine by squcczing her bed materials  and, after coming in contact with the S.P., Birbhum; SDO, Bolpur; parents of the girl and also the minor girl, it was  ascertained that the proceeding of the case would go on its own way under supervision of the S.P., Birbhum, and , by this time at the initiation of the local SDO said minor girl has been admitted in Bolpur Girls’ High School on taking release from Viswa Bharati and the girl started her schooling in new School..

The parents of the minor girl over telephone have been assured  to contact in any exigent situation and also assured that after completion of investigation, when the case would come up for trial, one senior Criminal Lawyer would be engaged for them  from within the panel  to assist the Public Prosecutor during the trial of the offence in Court.

There was no threat from any corner and the situation was otherwise under control, specially, when the SDO, Bolpur also assured me to ensure any kind of protection to them in need.
             
Incident of the Hostel of Manigram Don Bosco School, Sagardighi, Murshidabad

Specific case no. 176/12 dated 13.7.2012 under Section 377 IPC and 41 Juvenile Justice Act, and 6 of the protection of the children from Sexual Offence Act was registered at Sagardighi P.S. and alleged offender James Soren, happened to be the alleged Priest, was arrested and forwarded to the Court of Ld. A.C.J.M., Jangipur. Investigation is going on. By contacting also Soumitra Roy, the father of the alleged victim (phone no. 9475365378), it was ascertained that he was approached by the Police for medical examination of his son, but might be due to ignorance or initial fear, or shakiness, they were so ashamed of, did not agree instantly to get the boy medically examined, since the boy at that time concentrated to complete his examination. However, the father told that medicine was administered on consulting local Quack Doctor.  It was also ascertained by me that they were not suffering from any fear or undue influence from any corner, and, he was assured that on completion of the investigation of the case when the case would come up in Court for trial, Criminal Senior Lawyer would be provided to them to assist the Public Prosecutor.

Incident of Barrackpore, North 24-Parganas

One Srijit Majumdar on 14.7.2012 allegedly was robbed on the way by some unknown miscreants. Over said incident the Duty Officer of Nimta P.S. was approached by his mother Smt. Sujata Majumdar (her contact no. being 9051702243) for legal step, but, by disputing about territorial jurisdiction in the matter of registration of the case said Sujata Majumdar and his /her son (who was also hard of hearing) were forced to move from Nimta P.S. to Belghoria P.S. or vice versa instead of registration of case over the incident of robbery.

The matter was reported in the Daily Newspaper. As per mandate of the rule of law if any cognizable offence is reported before any P.S., nonetheless of having territorial jurisdiction in view of the place of occurrence of the incident, the Duty Officer (before whom the victim first appears for redress) has the obligatory duty to diaries the contents of the report, and, register the F.I.R., and then the Duty Officer would be at liberty to send the said diary or F.I.R. to the concerned P.S. having territorial jurisdiction, so that, the investigation  be not delayed.

Being astonished in reading such news, I came in contact with the Commissioner of Police (I.P.S.), Barrackpore, and, ascertained that ultimately the matter was taken up very seriously by the Commissioner of Police, Barrackpore and departmental proceedings have already been started against as many as five delinquent Police officers, one being of Belghoria P.S. and four being of Nimta P.S.  Investigation is on process by registering Nimta P.S. Case No. 213 of 2012 dated 15.7.2012 under Section 392 IPC and attempt is going on to book the offender and to recover the stolen articles of that handicapped boy.

Incident on  Malati Mahato by blaiming as Dynee

Through Newspaper, came to the notice of the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal that one shocking incident had been taken place in the village Garafusar on 09.08.2012, wherein the lady Malati Mahato was severely assaulted by some offenders alleging her as Dynee and she was somehow rescued by her son.
 The Member Secretary State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal took up the matter with the Superintendent of Police, Purulia, and, the Chairman, DLSA, Purulia took an initiative part in the said matter and took required measures to save the victim’s family from the evil eye of the society, and D.L.S.A.-Purulia provided necessary Legal assistance to the victim for her survival.

First Regional Conference on Mediation in the State of West Bengal

On 22nd September, 2012, the First Regional Conference with the Judicial Officers on Mediation was held  at Rabindra Sadan, Berhampore, Murshidabad organized by the Mediation Committee, High Court, Calcutta and State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, hosted by the District Legal Services Authority, Murshidabad, where all the Judicial officers of four districts namely, Birbhum, Burdwan, Murshidabad and Naida participated.  The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pranab Kumar Chattopadhyay, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Chairperson of the Mediation Committee, High Court, Calcutta inaugurated the First Regional Conference in presence of Hon’ble Member Judges of the Committee, Mr. Justice Biswanath Somadder, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Toufique Uddin, Judge, High Court, Calcutta.  Mir Dara Sheko, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal also attended. The Hon’ble Chairperson and Members of the Mediation Committee by delivering speech sensitized judicial officers in the matter of referring appropriate cases to the trained Mediator for Mediation to reduce the pendency of cases from within the platform of the Courts, and to stretch the relief as early as possible through such Mediation process.  The Conference ended with the interactive session, where, many of the Judicial Officers have come out to remove their confusion and to satisfy their queries. In all, 167 Judicial officers of all those four districts participated in that Conferenc

Sensitization Programme of Judicial Officer in the rank of District Judge and Civil Judge (Senior Division)

On 23rd September, 2012, under the aegis of the State Legal Services Authority. West Bengal, SAATHII, N.G.O organised a State level Sensitization Workshop  with the State Authority and District Authorities of West Bengal on “ A Civil Society Coalition for Advocacy and Capacity Building of Sexual Miniorties and People Living with HIV in West Bengal  to Advance their Health and Rights” at 15 Camac Street, Kolkata – 700 017. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, senior most Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal inaugurated the sensitization workshop. Mir Dara Sheko, Member Secretary and Shri Sudipta Bhattacharjee, Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, The Chairmen (i.e. District Judges) and the Secretaries (Judicial Officers) of all District Legal Services Authorities of West Bengal, Representatives of N.G.Os and Advocates  attended the workshop. The programme ended with interactive session.

On 28th September, 2012, a permanent Legal Aid Centre, namely AINI SEBA (Central Unit), conducted by the Retired Judges Association (West Bengal) was  inaugurated by the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Jainarayan Patel, Chief Justice, High Court, Calcutta and Patron-in-Chief of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal in the ground floor of Bankshall Court premises, Kolkata  in presence of the Hon’ble Mrs. Justice Ruma Pal, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, seniormost Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal. The Member Secretary and the Registrar-cum-Deputy Secretary, The Chief Judge, City Civil Court, Calcutta, The Chief Judge, City Sessions Court, Calcutta, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Bankshall Court, Judicial Officers, Retired Judicial Officers, Ld. Advocates, Litigants, Media including electronic media were present.

In compliance of the direction of the Hon’ble High Court, Calcutta and the Hon’ble Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, the Ld. Member Secretary of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal,  Mir Dara Sheko visited the Dum Dum Central Correctional Home on 25th September, 2012 and the Presidency Correctional Home on 27th September, 2012 and, thereafter, the Ld. Member Secretary convened a Meeting with Hon’ble Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal and Inspector General (Prison), Government of West Bengal and Superintendents of the said Correctional Homes on 10th October, 2012  for discussion over the Act and Activities noticed during the visit of aforesaid Correctional Homes.

The website of this Authority: www.wbslas.org  was discontinued since long time, and, the said site is renewed in the middle of June, 2012 for one year. State Authority now has been updating the activities of the Legal Services Institutions time to time for information of the society.

The undersigned assumed charge in the office of the Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority with effect from 8th June, 2012 in the afternoon.


FIRST LAW FAIR – 2012 IN THE DISTRICT OF UTTAR DINAJPUR

The First Law Fair-2012 in West Bengal held at the village, Sahebghata, under P.S. Kaliaganj, within district Uttar Dinajpur, covering three continuous days i.e. 13th, 14th and 15th October, 2012, organized by the Court of Consultancy under the aegis of State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal in collaboration with the District Legal Services Authority, Uttar Dinajpur and Bar Council of West Bengal.

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Tapen Sen, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Zonal Judge of the district of Uttar Dinajpur, due to sudden inconvenience and unavoidable situation could not attend the Law Fair.

 The Acting Chief Justice, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, Hon’ble Justice Indira Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta, & Chairperson,      Calcutta High Court Legal Services Committee, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Soumitra Pal, Judge, High Court, Calcutta and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Harish Tandon, Judge, High Court, Calcutta, were pleased to offer august presence of Their Lordships to make such Law Fair-2012 all round success.

The said Law Fair-2012, with pomp and grandeur was inaugurated on 13th October, 2012 by the  Executive Chairman, SLSA, W.B., Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, in the august presence of Hon’ble Justice Indira Banerjee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta, and Chairperson, Calcutta High Court Legal Services Committee, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Soumitra Pal, Judge, High Court, Calcutta, which was followed by Lok Adalat (for disposal of pre-litigated and pending criminal petty cases), Legal Aid Clinics (to render free legal advice), Legal Awareness Camps (covering different aspects of Law, as mentioned in the programme), and, law related entertaining programmes, like Drama viz. “SHISHUR ADHIKAR’, “ESO AMRA MANUSH HOI”, and, “ORA KARA”.


In addition to participation of Their Lordships, Judicial Officers of Uttar Dinajpur, the Chairman of the State Bar Council, West Bengal, and, some Members of Bar Council also remained present and participated in the Law Fair by delivering speech on different topics to develop Legal Literacy of the people attending the Legal Awareness Camp, mostly on the topic, allotted to them under guidance of Executive Chairman, and, by rendering free Legal Advice to the persons attending the Legal Aid Clinics on 13th and 14th October, 2012.
On the 1st  day, i.e. on 13th October, 2012 about not less than 7000 persons attended said Legal Awareness Camp, many whom took free legal advice from two Legal Aid Clinics.
On the 2nd day it increased to the extent of about not below 14,000, and, on 3rd day it was almost 10,000, all of whom on each and every day in very disciplined manner and with patience attended Lok Adalat, Legal Awareness Camps and Clinics.


Leaflets, as prepared and printed in 4 language by this State Authority, viz., Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and English in a single sheet of paper was circulated amongst the  people, gathered everyday in the Law Fair.


That apart, according to the guidelines of NALSA, on the basis of ‘Mahatma Gandhi Rojgar Yojona’,  one book in the name and style “Aksho Diner Karmosuchi O Apnar Adhikar”, as printed by this Authority in lucid and simple Bengali Language to make its contents understandable to the common people, was unveiled by the Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice, the Executive Chairman, SLSA, W.B. in said Law Fair, and, copies of  said Book were also distributed amongst the people, so gathered in Law Fair-2012.

In all, this Authority with active co-operation of the NGO, namely, the Court of Consultancy, State Bar Council of West Bengal, and, the DLSA, Uttar Dinajpur organized the entire almost of flawless programme, and, the people, so gathered (major part of whom are not so literate), attended the Law Fair, as the patient audience, right from the time of taking their seat till completion of the entire programme of the day, and, many of whom also participated in the Interactive Session, which were attended sometimes by Hon’ble Justice, sometimes by Ld. Members of Bar Council and me.
 
 
 
 
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