National Legal Literacy Mission
National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has formulated National Plan of Action on spreading Legal Literacy across the country and launched the National Legal Literacy Mission for a period of 5(five) years i.e. 2005 to 09 at the National level in Delhi on the "6th day of March, 2006" in presence of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, the Hon’ble the Chief Justice of India and the Hon’ble Union Minister of Law and Justice.
There is a lack of awareness amongst the general public about the free legal services being provided to them under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. The objective of the Mission is to organize Legal Literacy Campaign at all level to achieve maximum benefit in the given period of five years.
The purpose of the Mission is to visualize knowledge through legal education that lends dignity to people. The Mission aims at education on legal rights, constitutional obligation, right to information on the benefits of legal aid and the system of accessing legal aid through the Legal Services Authorities / Committees. By taking law to the masses through informal learning technique, the legal education to be imparted will help in rising consciousness of the citizen and thereby make justice accessible and affordable to the people.
The main features of the Mission are as under :
a)To achieve 100% legal literacy.
b)To target the most disadvantaged, distraught, disintegrated, vulnerable and victimized populace first and progress further in the grass-root level.
c)To prepare State Specific Plan of Actions for implementation of objective of the Mission.
d)To undertake survey, research, documentation drive, social investigation reporting and social audit as a learning exercise of people’s problems, grievances and to understand the nature of redressal required.
e)To sensitize the Judicial Officers to people’s cause particularly to that of women and children, dalit and minorities, tribal and such other most vulnerable groups as well as persons in custody in addition to implementation of the Acts pertaining to mentally and physically challenged, the destitute and beggars, the orphans and neglected citizens, the abandoned elderly citizens, discrimination in case of any caste, communal violence, disaster and disease outbreak.
In line with the directives of the NALSA, State Specific Plan of Action for implementation of the Mission has been prepared having estimated cost of Rs.71.23 lakh and activities as per guide-lines of NALSA in this regard are in progress to achieve the goal.