SSLSA conducts refresher programme for Para-Legal Volunteers

Gangtok, 02 Jun:

Sikkim State Legal Services Authority [SLSA] under the guidance of Judge, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, who is also the Executive Chairperson of Sikkim SLSA organized a sensitization-cum-refresher programme of Para-Legal Volunteers [PLVs] under the Scheme of Para-Legal Volunteers [Revised] Module for Orientation-Induction-Refresher Courses at Chintan Bhawan in Gangtok today, an SLSA press release informs.

The inaugural session was attended by Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Justice SK Agnihotri, who is also the Patron-in-Chief of Sikkim SLSA as chief guest accompanied by Judge, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, and Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai as guests of honour.

In his address, Justice Agnihotri said that the foremost qualification of a PLV is that he/she should be a good human being with zeal to help others with discipline, dedication, integrity, commitment, good character, humility and impartiality being the other qualities.

“Every person should know that anything which is against social norm is an offence,” he added.

Judge, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Rai, apprised the gathering about the role and functions of PLVs and added that they have to render services to the society sincerely. She also highlighted offences under the POCSO Act 2012 and its adverse impact on the society.

The programme had the participation of 350 PLVs from across the State comprising of teachers, PLVs, student PLVs and faculty members from the Law Colleges/Universities.

Resource persons included Senior Advocate, High Court of Sikkim, N Rai, Sikkim SLSA Panel Advocates, TR Barfungpa, UP Sharma, Zangpo Sherpa and Zola Megi, and Founder of Serenity Home, Lower Burtuk, Udai Chandra Rai.

The topics covered were NALSA [Legal Services to Senior Citizens] Scheme 2016, NALSA [Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation] Schemes 2015, NALSA [Legal Services to the Victims of Drug Abuse and the Eradication of the Drug Menace] Scheme 2015 with special emphasis on SADA 2006, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences [POCSO] Act 2012 and Sikkim Compensation to Victims of His Dependents Scheme 2016.

An interactive session between the participants and the resource persons was also conducted during the programme.