Guwahati, March 18: The 16th All India meet of State Legal Services Authorities was organised in Guwahati on March 17. The event was organised by the Assam State Legal Services Authority in association with the National Legal Service Authority.
The event was inaugurated by Supreme Court Judge Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is also a member of National Legal Service Authority (NALSA). The meet was also attended by Chief Justices of High Courts of several states.
Speaking on the occasion, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal highlighted the role of State Legal Services Authority in providing access to justice for the poor and weaker sections of the society. Hailing the role of the State Legal Services Authorities that was set up in 1998, the CM said that the authority during past 20 years has extended free valuable legal aid to the needy and worked for generating more legal awareness in the society.
Sonowal said that the judiciary is the guiding force of the country which leads the legal way for the other three branches of democracy to follow.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that one of the primary objectives to hold the meet was to identify the gaps and take remedial steps for the same, and to chart out future course of action for the Legal Services Authorities. He also informed that he NALSA has envisioned to open legal literary clubs in educational institutions across the country.