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Increasing access to justice for poor, disadvantageous sections our main aim: Justice Gogoi

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SRINAGAR, JUNE 23: The week-long mega legal awareness camp to empower marginalized sections of the society concluded today which was held under the guidance of Supreme Court Judge and Executive Chairman National Legal Services Authority (NLSA) of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
Justice Gogoi was accompanied by Supreme Court Judge, Justice N.V Ramana. The major initiative was organized by NLSA in collaboration with Jammu & Kashmir High Court, J&K Government, Jammu & Kashmir State Legal Services Authority and Jammu & Kashmir High Court Legal Services Committee.
During the camp held from June 18 to 23, multifarious legal services activities including a one-day state level conference for legal services to marginalized sections of the society and four mega-legal services awareness camps in the rural areas of Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil and Leh districts were held.More than 3000 beneficiaries identified under different schemes received various benefits during the legal aid camps.
Acting Chief Justice, J&K High Court Alok Aradhe, Justice Ali Mohammad Magray, Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Justice Janak Raj Kotwal, Justice Sanjeev Kumar, Justice M.K Hanjura, Judges of High Court, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Heads of Various Departments, Registrar General High Court, Judicial Officers of High Court Registry, Director J&K State Judicial Academy, and judicial officers of Kashmir province participated in the mega day-long conference held on June 18.
After the inaugural session, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice N.V Ramana visited awareness camp at Harwan and interacted with the beneficiaries of the camp and inspected the stalls of different departments. Around 573 beneficiaries of different categories were benefitted on spot at the camp, besides 400 people visited the health camp organized by the Health Department for screening.
The Supreme Court judges accompanied by Chairman High Court Legal Services Committee Justice Ali Mohammad Magray, and Justice M.K Hanjura also inaugurated mega-legal services and awareness camp at Mishriwala Jammu on June 19 in which 597 beneficiaries were identified. Chairman District Legal Services Authority, Jammu, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu and other officers of the line departments were present in the camp.
Justice Alok Aradhe, accompanied by Chief Justice High Court of Gauhati Justice Ajit Singh inaugurated the mega-legal services and awareness camp at Kargil on June 22.
Justice Gogoi along with Justice Ramana, Justice Alok Aradhe, Justice Ajit Singh, Justice Ali Mohammad Magray, Justice Tashi Rabstan, and Justice M.K Hanjura a similar camp at Leh on June 23. Chairmen District Legal Services Authorities and Deputy Commissioners of the concerned Districts coordinated in organizing these camps.
Marathon technical sessions followed by interactions with different stakeholders on the changing dimensions of legal services were held during the awareness camp. Former Judges of J&K High Court Justice Muzzafar Hussain Attar, Justice Hasnain Masoodi, Alok Agarwal, Member Secretary, NALSA and Abdul Rashid Malik, Director J&K State Judicial Academy were the resource persons for the working sessions.
The awareness camps focused on sensitizing the participants about their role in ensuring the implementation of the schemes formulated by the NLSA, SLSA, Social Welfare Department, Labour Department, Health Department, Rural Development Department and other Departments for the benefit of marginalized sections of the society including women, children, specially-abled, old aged, senior citizens and other sections of the society.
During the camps, Justice Gogoi laid emphasis on increasing the reach to justice for poor, marginalized and other disadvantageous sections of the society.
Justice Gogoi and other speakers emphasized upon the participants to reach out to the needy and deserving people so that the procedural wrangles do not become an obstacle in the way of implementation of these schemes.


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Cong leader Abdul Gani Naseem joins PDP

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday welcomed senior Congress leader and former MLA Khansahib (Budgam), Abdul Gani Naseem into the party fold with party leadership terming his entry a positive step towards strengthening the PDP further.

According to the party spokesman, Naseem on Wednesday formally joined the PDP at the party head office here in presence of PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, MLC and Srinagar district President Mohammad Khurshid Alam, senior PDP leader and former Minister Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Provincial President Youth Nazir Ahmad Yatoo and several others.

Welcoming Naseem into the party fold, the spokesman quoted Hanjura as having said that his entry will pave a new way for party’s overall growth and he expressed hope that the veteran politician will continue to work for the upliftment of the downtrodden sections of the society as he used to in the past.

 

Stressing for greater coordination between the party functionaries and workers, Hanjura said that PDP is once again going to register a remarkable victory in the coming polls and that the party will play a decisive role in state’s overall growth in future.

According to the spokesman, Hanjura said that in the entire political spectrum of Jammu and Kashmir, there could never be an alternative to the PDP, as the party alone has been pitching for the resolution of Kashmir issue as well as the good governance for the people who have been bearing the brunt of the decades-old conflict.

“The party president Mehbooba Mufti has been on every podium and on every pedestal demanding resolution of Kashmir issue, an end to bloodshed and mayhem and according to a peaceful and dignified life to the strife-torn masses of the state. Her courage, will and determination act as an inspiration for the party t0 continue its struggle for state’s permanent prosperity,” the spokesman quoted Hanjura in a statement as having said.

The spokesman said that the PDP General Secretary also expressed serious concern over the present tumultuous situation in Kashmir and how governor administration instead of pacifying the situation is turning it more sultry and worrisome.  He demanded an immediate end to unprecedented arrests, torture and harassment that has become rampant in Kashmir at present, cautioning that if immediate measures aren’t taken, PDP will hit the streets against such state of lawlessness in which Kashmir has been plunged.

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Budgam residents protest against unscheduled power cuts

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Srinagar, Jan 23: The residents of Panzan and Raipora villages of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday blocked the road connecting headquarters Budgam to protest against the unscheduled power cuts in the area.

Reports said that scores of the residents from both the villages assembled and blocked the main road, hampering the traffic movement for hours.

The residents while chanting anti-governmental and anti-PDD slogans complained about the unscheduled power cuts in the area and appealed the concerned authorities to look into the matter.

 

The protesting residents said that despite repeated requests to the authorities there were no initiatives taken by them.

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Investigation started in Jammu cable car incident: DRIL

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Srinagar, Jan 22: The investigation regarding the death of two labourers during the mock-drill of car cable accident in Jammu is underway while as the reports added that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were not followed during the mock-drill.

Two labourers died while four others sustained injuries on Sunday evening after a rescue trolley had fallen during the mock drill near the Mahamaya temple.

Talking to a local news gathering agency, Executive Vice President of Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited (DRIL) said that the investigation into the incident is going on. “Police is investigating the matter. We cannot say anything in this regard until the investigation is completed,” he added.

 

However, reports informed that the SOPs were not followed while conducting the mock-drill ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit for its inauguration.

It added that as per the SOPs, while performing the mock drills, the executing agency needed to inform all other agencies concerned.

“The rescue trolley involved in the incident was meant for a maximum of four people, but there were six in it. Also, all people performing the mock drill should have worn headgear and had to be hooked to the rope,” reports quoting sources said, adding that no safety guidelines were followed during the mock drill, otherwise precious lives could have been saved.

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