Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday stressed that it is time to change our goal from “empowering women to women-led development”
“Our old system promotes equal justice for all and is against Matsya Nyay (the big fish eats the small) … it is time for our focus to shift from empowering women to women-led development,” said President Ram Nath Kovind while at an event hosted by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
President Kovind, while recalling the contribution of Mahatama Gandhi on the occasion of his 152nd birthday, added that our struggle for freedom was led by many lawyers, including the father of the nation.
The President said: After returning to India after seeing many seasoned lawyers earning huge sums, Gandhiji wrote: “The best legal services will be available for the poorest at reasonable prices.
President Kovind was speaking at the launch of the “Pan Indian Legal Awareness and Awareness Campaign” by NALSA to provide legal aid to those last in line.
The event was also graced by the presence of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Minister of Law Kiren Rijiju.
Speaking at the event, Minister of Law Kiren Rijiju said that the lack of legal knowledge is an obstacle for people to access legal services.
He also appreciated NALSA for having played an exemplary role in delivering justice to the people.
“Legal remedies are difficult for the marginalized, especially those who live in rural areas, as they may have to travel long distances to meet legal representatives. In such a situation, the role of legal aid kicks in and NALSA plays an incredible role. Everyone comes on time and reaching as many people as possible, ”said the Minister of Justice.
Meanwhile, India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana, speaking to the assembly, said the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed deep-rooted issues. “
The country’s top judge also thanked the central government for lifting the vacancies in the justice system and said the appointments would solve waiting problems to some extent. “Since May, we have recommended 106 HC judges. The Minister of Justice informs that the rest of the names will be cleared in a day or two,” CJI Ramana said.
He added that the nominations will take care of the wait. “I am seeking the cooperation of the government to strengthen democracy,” he said.