Justice Lalit was in Bhuj, Gujarat, to take part in a huge legal services camp and awareness event organized by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) as part of the Pan-India outreach effort, which started on 2 October and will end on 14 November.
India still lacks education in terms of sustainable development standards as it has failed to achieve its goal of “inclusive education”, Supreme Court Justice U U Lalit said on Monday and stressed the need for more efforts on this front to provide quality education to every child. To do.
Justice Lalit was in Gujarat to take part in a mega legal services camp and awareness program organized by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) as part of the Pan-India campaign, which started on 2 October and will end on 14 November.
Justice Lalit, who is the executive chairman of NALSA, said that national public sector institutions like AIIMS, IITs, NITs, National Law Schools, etc. have excelled in their respective fields, but not in government primary and secondary. Country schools.
“Is public school the first choice for a citizen to send his child, or is it a private school which is considered to be the first choice?” While addressing the gathering, Justice Lalit asked a question.
“Our education is not inclusive. Our education is not that there is no difference in the quality of what is provided (with it) in some villages and big cities. We must consider all these. And until we can achieve this, the standard of sustainable development. Accordingly, we still lack education, “he said.
Referring to the Right to Education (RTE) Act, Justice Lalit said the participation of female students in primary and secondary schools has increased almost 11 years after its introduction. Education alone is not enough, he said, and one has to consider the aspect of “inclusion in education”. And I believe there is a need for more, “he said.
“If education is the most basic and cherished right of every child in this country, then it is our obligation to call it good, quality education,” he said. In terms of world standards. Talking about “Poverty Alleviation”.
Justice Lalit said it should be seen in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals and not just in terms of “below the poverty line” statistics. Justice Lalit said only one in 100 people in the court were benefiting from the assistance provided by the legal services authorities.
“Our effort through this Pan-India awareness program is an attempt to germinate seeds about the same right, to explain the right,” he said.
Justice Lalit said the goal of NALSA is to empower women and empower people with certain types of mental disabilities. The inclusion of women in the National Defense Academy and their transformation into a fighter corps is a “great achievement,” the empowerment that NALSA seeks to provide, she said.
“The NALSA believes that mental retardation or disability is not a permanent feature. It is a temporary phenomenon, and we need to overcome the temporary phenomenon with our efforts. And the effort should not only come from the family, it also depends on our society, system, Can be enlarged, “he added.
In his speech, Justice MR Shah of the Supreme Court said that the people need to know about their rights in accessing legal services.
“You must know that free and quality legal services are our endeavor. Our efforts do not deprive anyone of justice for lack of money and advice,” he said.
Gujarat High Court Chief Justice Arvind Kumar said access to justice remained a “distant dream” for a large number of poor, vulnerable and low-income populations due to a lack of awareness among the people about free and appropriate legal aid and assistance. .
“Unless and until legal awareness is conducted as a massive campaign, you cannot succeed in achieving the NALSA – the justice of all – that is the key to access to justice for all,” he said.
Gujarat High Court Justice RM Chhaya, who is also the executive chairman of GSLSA, said that since the campaign started on October 2, 18,444 villages in Gujarat have been covered in the first of three phases and the second phase is nearing completion. .
“About 30 million people have been contacted through the door-to-door campaign, and 1.1 million people have benefited from the legal education camp. Another 9.4 million people have been contacted through mobile vans,” Justice Chhaya added.