abt-us“Nothing rankles more in human heart than a brooding sense of injustice”

-  Justice Brenan of US Supreme Court.

The yearning for justice is as old as the humankind. The human civilization has not only evolved the concept of justice in the course of its development but also fabricated different kinds of apparatuses to impart justice shaped by the local customs, history and circumstances.

Though the Constitution of India provides the framework for fulfilling, realising and actualising the pledge for ‘justice’ enshrined in the preamble, but in the society deeply divided on the basis of caste with centruies-old traditions of exploitation and discrimination, the above pledge has remained a distant dream and faces challenges in realisation. But since the Constitution of the country is made supreme and the rule of law is intended to prevail in the society, there is no alternative but to bridge the ‘justice gap’ by ensuring equal access to justice to the people of the country.

Going by the stark reality that a substantially large percentage of the population of this country still suffers from extreme poverty and wants in areas of food, nutrition and public health, with no social security whatsoever and fear/apprehension amongst socially and economically disadvantaged people about relevance of the legal system only demonstrates that we have somehow faltered one way or the other and a lot more deserves to be done by laws, legal institutions and by all other institutions.

Hence, keeping in view the impediments in the process of access to justice on account of social disparities and systematic barriers to legal aid movement, legal services should extend  transgassing its boundary from charity to establishment of constitutional rights,  with a  view to redeem our constitutional pledge of securing justice social, economic and political and to honour the plea enshrined under Article 39 A of the constitution, the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, was promulgated by the Union Parliament.  With the enactment, the structure for providing legal aid came into existence firmly in place, right from imparting legal aid from Supreme Court of India to Taluk level . The hierchial structures of Authorities contemplated under the Act are – a) National Legal Services Authority [ NALSA], (b) State Legal Services Authority in each State[SALSA] (c) District Legal Services Authority [DLSA] at District level & (4) Taluka Legal Services Authority or Sub- Divisional Legal Services Authority [SDLSC/TLSC].In our State under the auspices of SALSA, West Bengal there are nineteen districts having equal number of DLSA , all committed to the cause  of espousing social justice in general  and implementing the vision statements contained in various directives issued by NALSA & SALSA, time to time, in particular.

District Legal Services Authority, Malda is no exception to that and  treading in the path of legal awareness , legal empowerment to the havenots, alternative dispute resolution & easy access to justice on the hallowed objective of reaching JUSTICE AT DOORSTEPS.