Bhilai, Feb 07: Under the guidance and directions of District and Sessions Judge Rajesh Srivastava (Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Durg), a special campaign “Samman” was launched on Sunday under the NALSA (Legal Service to Senior Citizens) Scheme 2016. Under this campaign, legal services and aid, benefit of government schemes and health services will be provided to senior citizens. This campaign was launched from JayeshthNagrik Sangh (Senior Citizens Forum), Padmanabhpur, Durg.
DLSA Secretary Rahul Sharma, Judges of District Court, Dr DewagyaChandrakar of Heath Department, Officers from Social Welfare Department, Durg and President of Senior Citizens Forum Lalchand Jain were present. In the inaugural programme, DLSA Secretary Rahul Sharma spoke about the NALSA (Legal services to Senior Citizens Scheme. He informed that with the aim of fulfilling the objectives of this scheme by making the senior citizens aware of their rights as well as government scheme, District and Sessions Judge Rajesh Srivastava has conceived the “Samman” campaign. This campaign is being formally launched from Senior Citizens Forum for ensuring respect & honour as well as welfare of senior citizens.
He added that the senior citizens can share their problems related to legal issues and get proper guidance and aid. They can also share their family problems like not getting expected care and respect from children, if they are not being provided medical facilities regularly by their children; or if they are not getting expected in the family and on the contrary, the children are enjoying their property. Rahul Sharma told that panel advocates will be provided totally free to the Senior Citizens if they apply for legal assistance. Also, if the senior citizens are facing any inconvenience or problem in getting benefits of the government schemes, DLSA will ensure the benefits in coordination with the Social Welfare Department. If there is some family problem related to senior citizens, all efforts will be made to resolve the family dispute through arbitration before commencing the trials in the court. Also, the family dispute cases pending in the court or in the Family Court will be identified and listed for the Lok Adalat scheduled to be held on April 10, 2021. Pre-sittings will also be conducted to ensure amicable resolution of the disputes during Lok Adalat through conciliation. He further informed that only the compoundable cases will be included in the Lok Adalat. Also the Civil cases of Senior Citizens like property dispute cases can also be resolved in Lok Adalat. Hearing aids, wheelchairs and walking sticks were provided to the needy by the Social Welfare Department and health tests were conducted by the Health Department. In the coming days, the campaign will be conducted in all the senior citizens associations as well as residential colonies. Senior citizens were present in large number during the inaugural programme of campaign “Samman”.