People must take advantage of legal literacy camps, says SC judge

Sankhali: People at the bottom rungs of social power account for the bulk of under-trials as almost 70 per cent are illiterate, said Supreme Court Justice B R Gawai and called upon people to avail benefits of different legal literacy camps organised by the judiciary for the benefit of people.

He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating a legal literacy camp organised by the state legal services authority on January 11 at Ravindra Bhavan Sankhali.

Others present on the dais were Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, senior chairman of state legal service authority justice Satish Sonak, Mumbai and Goa High Court Justice D S Naidu, Justice Nutan Sardesai, Justice Mukulika Javalkar and Goa Advocate General Devidas Pangam.

Justice Gawai said, “Our country benefited due to different laws framed after independence”. He stressed the need to amend laws depending upon crimes happening in the country. He also stressed the need to educate people in such a manner that there would of equality of knowledge.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the state legal services authority is playing a pivotal role in Goa by providing enough knowledge to women, youth and backward people about different laws framed by the Indian Constitution besides creating workers awareness.

He added that “many times the common man face hardships since they do not have proper knowledge of the law and it is therefore necessary to attend such legal camps” added Sawant. Sawant said that the Lok Adalat and other initiatives of the state legal services have helped the people in many ways. He also expressed gratitude towards the Supreme Court Justice for attending the camp.

Earlier, Justice Satish Sonak welcomed the gathering. The function was compered by Pooja Kavlekar while, justice D S Naidu proposed the vote of thanks.

On this occasion information about different agricultural schemes, PWD and health department schemes were also provided to the people. There was also exhibition and sale of different items, free dental camp and treatment, collection of e-waste for the benefit of people. [NT]