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Two days online training for PLVs

The Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority in collaboration with Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, Govt. of India, organized “Two Days Online Legal Awareness -cum- Training Programme for Para Legal Volunteers (PLVs)”, on the 12th and 13th of September, 2020. The two day digital programme was attended by host of learned Speakers including Smt. Jaweplu Chai; Member Secretary, APSLSA, Ms. Geetanjali Goel; Addl. Sessions Judge, (SFTC), Dwarka Court, Delhi, Shri Dani Belo Deputy Secretary, Law and Judicial Department –cum – OSD, APSLSA, Adv Jungam Jini; Guwahati High Court, Itanagar, Permanent Bench, Adv Mari Riba; Project Consultant, APSLSA, Shri Ph Samuel Poumai Project Coordinator, APSLA and Shri Kamal Sharma, Project Assistant, APSLSA. The two days webinar was a follow up on the training schedule undertaken by APSLSA.

                The training was keeping in line with the New Normal, as more than 50 PLVs from different parts of the state logged in to participate in the virtual event. Smt. Jaweplu Chai, Member Secretary of APSLSA, in her opening speech welcomed all the participants into the two day training programme. She underscored the important role of the PLVs in facilitating the people at large in access to justice. Later in the session she gave a brief background note on the concept of Legal Services Authority and the role and functioning of Legal Aid Clinics, and the holding of Lok Adalats. She also spoke on the Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme, as well as on the importance and procedure for marriage registration.

                Shri Dani Belo, Deputy Secretary, Law & Judicial Department -cum- OSD APSLSA, in his speech on the topic Roles & Responsibilities of PLVs in the functioning of Legal Aid Clinics, gave a note on the requirement of certain traits which every PLV must have in order to make the Access to Justice a social movement.

 Advocate Jungam Jini, Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Permanent Bench, considering the fact that there are many many issues in community with Maintenance, Custody and Guardianship, Judicial Separation and Divorce, highlighted the roles of PLVs could play in the settlement of disputes an also facilitate access to Justice.

Advocate Marie Riba, Project Consultant, APSLSA who was the last speaker of the first day session spoke on the need for a PLV to develop Basic Communications Skills and the skills on how to approach a client, so that their work doesn’t suffer. She thereafter, moved on to the Protection of Child against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the roles PLVs in reporting cases and the need for follow up.             

 On the second day of the webinar, Ms. Geetanjali Goel; Addl. Sessions Judge (SFTC), Dwarka Court, Delhi, who is regarded as a subject expert on Matrimonial Laws and Legal Services Activities, connected herself online all the way from national capital, took a number of sessions covering an array of important topics including Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, followed by the Criminal Laws (IPC and CRPC) and Rights of Arrestee, the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2015. She also took a brief session on Maintenance and Welfare of Senior Citizens (MWPSC) Act, 2007. Her sessions were very informative and interactive as she also took time to answer questions from the participants at the end of each session, with PLVs talking about their field experience.

                The Penultimate session of the day was taken by Shri Samuel Poumai, Project Coordinator, APSLSA on How to Organize: Legal Awareness Camps, Legal Aid Camps, and Door to door Campaigns, while Shri Kamal Sharma Project Assistant, APSLSA ended the training programme with a briefing on Reporting and Accounting Documentation,for PLVs.

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