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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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Mehbooba welcomes Pak PM’s call to Modi:’Dialogue only way forward to resolve issues’

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Srinagar, May 26: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Sunday welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, saying dialogue is the only way forward to resolve issues between the two countries.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Khan had called up Modi to congratulate him on his re-election.

“Welcome step. For what it’s worth, dialogue is the only way forward to resolve longstanding issues between India & Pak,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.

 

In their first telephonic conversation after the Balakot air strike, Modi told Khan that creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism was essential for fostering cooperation for peace, progress and prosperity in the region, the MEA said.

Earlier, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and expressed his desire to work together for the betterment of their peoples, the Foreign Office said here. Khan’s telephone call to Modi came days after the cricketer-turned-politician congratulated on Twitter the Indian Prime Minister on his massive electoral victory in the general elections.

Prime Minister Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a landmark victory for a second five-year term in office, winning 302 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that Khan also congratulated Modi on his party’s electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

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Rasheed seeks rehabilitation of shopkeepers at Manchi Krand in Uri

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Uri, May 26: AIP President Er. Rasheed today visited various villages of Uri to take stock of day to day issues of masses and interacted with many deputations.

Er. Rasheed along with party office bearers Mir Khursheeed, Mohd. Rafiq Bhat, Abdul Qudoos and Mohammad Imran also visited Salamabad to offer his condolences to the family of Haji Atta Mohammad whose two members died in a tragic traffic accident at Gharkote Uri.

On the occasion, Er. Rasheed was told that inadequate width of the roads is the main reason of frequent accidents taking place in the hilly areas. He appealed authorities to ensure widening of all important roads connecting remote villages with Uri and Bonyar towns.

 

Er. Rasheed visited Manchi Krand where six shops were gutted in a fire incident few days back. While seeking rehabilitation of the shopkeepers Er. Rasheed talked to Deputy Commissioner Baramulla who assured him of providing ex-gratia to the victims without delay.

Er. Rasheed also urged administration to take care of depilated roads and sought deployment of adequate staff in various Primary health centers, sub-centers and schools.

 Er. Rasheed thanked people of Uri for their massive support to AIP in the recently concluded parliament elections and assured masses that AIP will continue to speak for the rights and aspirations of people of entire state and will emerge as a strong and sustainable alternative to those political parties who have ruled the state but given nothing back to masses except sufferings and hardships.

Er. Rasheed also had an interaction with youth hailing from minority Hindu community at Bandi Manchikrand and assured them of all sorts of help to highlight their genuine issues.

While thanking the entire minority community in the area for voting AIP despite negative propaganda by various political parties, Er. Rasheed hailed minority community in Uri for not migrating to Jammu or some other place and for preferring to live and die with their Muslim brothers.

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Range officer among four forest officials suspended in Doda

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Bhadarwah, May 26 Four forest officials, including a range officer, were placed under suspension on Sunday as authorities seized five sawmills in a special drive in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, officials said.

However, some owners alleged that their sawmills were non-functional for years and instead of cracking a whip against forest mafia, the forest officials “staged this drama to hide their infighting”.

Range officer of Neeru in Bhadarwah Forest Division, Javid Abdullah Dev along with incharge block officers Liaqat Ali Khan, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din and Jahangir Iqbal Najar were placed under suspension by principal chief conservator forest, the officials said.

 

They said the suspension followed preliminary inquiry into the illicit felling of trees in various compartments of Neeru range over the past couple of months.

On May 22, seven forest officials including DFO Bhadarwah and Range Officer Chiralla were suspended for illegal activities, including illegal felling of trees and encroachments in Chiralla forest range .

Earlier during the day, the officials said, sleuths of Territorial Forest Department (TFD), Forest Protection Force (FPF) and Police led by Conservator Forest (CF) chenab circle, B Mohan Dass and DFO Doda Alok Moria raided six premises at Gatha, Udrana, Chakka and Sartingal villages in Doda district and seized five sawmills.

“After receiving a specific information about the functioning of sawmills illegally in the peripheral areas of Bhadarwah town, we initiated a drive and seized five sawmills,” Moria told reporters.

He said the operation went smoothly without much resistance from any of the sawmill owners except at the premises of one Harish Kotwal at Udrana.

“We were threatened of dire consequences at Kotwal’s house in presence of senior officers from police and civil administration. We have taken the cognizance and action as per law will be initiated soon, ” Moria said.

The sawmill owners, however, denied any wrong-doing.

“Adhering to court orders, my sawmill is nonfunctional and locked since years, but to my utter surprise, the officials raided my premises and the rusted wheel was seized,” Sheikh Mohd Ayaz, resident of Gatha, claimed.

He said the officials were seizing nonfunctional sawmills, which indicates “they are either settling scores with their fellow colleagues or befooling higher-ups.”

Mohammad Ramzan Batt, another sawmill owner and sarpanch of Udrama, said he has no problem with the seizure because his mill was nonfunctional from the past three years.

“I think all this drama is being staged to justify the suspension of DFO Bhadarwah,” Batt alleged.

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