Kattupaniya

• Members of Kattupaniya, a nomadic tribal group ( Kerala) that was rehabilitated from caves near the South Wayanad-Nilambur Forest Division, have enrolled for Aadhaar cards on the intervention of the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA).

About DLSA:

• Towards fulfilling the Preambular promise of securing to all the citizens, Justice – social, economic and political, Article 39 A of the Constitution of India provides for free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of the society, to promote justice on the basis of equal opportunity. Articles 14 and 22(1) of the Constitution also make it obligatory for the State to ensure equality before law.

• Sustainable Development Goal-16- “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.

• The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society. The Chief Justice of India is the Patron-in-Chief and the Senior most Hon’ble Judge, Supreme Court of India is the Executive Chairman of the Authority.

• The Legal Service Authority is functioning in the name of DLSA at District level.

• The District Authority besides organizing Lok Adalats within the district, has to perform such functions as are assigned to it by the State Legal Services Authority.

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Mains Paper 2: Governance

Prelims level: National Legal Services Authority

Mains level: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections

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