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More than 2000 attend legal services camp in Mokokchung

More than 2000 attend legal services camp in Mokokchung
Michael Zothankhuma speaks with officials manning the Veterinary depratment stall at the Mega Legal Services Camp on July 21. (NP)
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, JUL 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 11:57:37 PM IST
In spite of the heat, later accompanied by a heavy downpour, more than 2000 people converged at the Imkongmeren Sports Complex on Saturday to register at the Mega Legal Services Camp held under the theme “From awareness to empowerment” with Guahati High Court Judge, Justice Michael Zothankhuma as the special guest. The Camp was organised under the auspices Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) & Mokokchung District Legal Services Authority (MDLSA) in collaboration with 34 government departments, stakeholders and NGOs.
While delivering his address, Justice Michael Zothankhuma lauded the initiative of the NSLSA & MDLSA and the collaborating institutions for coming together to provide the one-time beneficial services to denizens of Mokokchung District. He pointed out that “access to justice is not only confined only to the court based legal  services, though that was the emphasis given earlier,” where the legal services required by the downdrotten  were provided by the state. Justice Michael said that the emphasis has now been changed through a module of entitlements, under various enactments for social welfare schemes and programs. He said that the main purpose of the camp was to identify and connect to welfare schemes which will ensure that the fruits of the welfare schemes are passed on to the people. It is commendable to note that the National Legal services Authority’s programmes has benefitted lakhs of people through such legal services camps across the Nation, he added. In the state of Nagaland, he said that such camps have been conducted in the districts of Kohima, Wokha, Longleng, Peren and Phek, since January 2018, benefitting many people and he hoped that the same benefits would be reaped in Mokokchung and the other remaining districts where these legal service camp will continue to be held. Justice Michael urged the people to avail various entitlements, government welfare schemes, health supervision, legal services and counselling and many other entitled benefits through this camp.
Earlier, short speeches were delivered by Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung, Sachin Jaiswal, and Principal District & Sessions Judge, MDLSA chairman, Khape Koza and the welcome note was delivered by Judicial Magistrate 1st Class & MDLSA secretary, Seyielenuo Mezhu. The inaugural program was chaired by, MDLSA member secretary, Mezivolu T Therieh while the vote of thanks was moved by project coordinator, Legal Services Camp, NSLSA, Limasenla Longkumer. Initio Academy of Music under the initiative of Imtisenla Longkumer presented an Ao folk fusion song.

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