Tele-Law service


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    The Union Minister of Law and Justice announced that from this year, Tele-law service was being made free of cost for the citizens in the country.

    About Tele-law service

    • It is a service that uses video conferencing facilities and telephone services to connect lawyers to litigants who need legal advice. 
    • This service aims to reach out to the needy, especially the marginalised and disadvantaged. 
    • The service is provided through Common Service Centres or CSCs located at gram panchayat level. 
    • It enables anyone to seek legal advice without wasting precious time and money. 
    • The service is free for those who are eligible for free legal Aid as mentioned under Section 12 of Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. 
      • For all others a nominal fee of Rs. 30 is charged.
    • It is available in 22 official languages.
    • Legal matters in which advice can be taken through Tele-Law service :-
    • Dowry, family dispute, divorce, protection from domestic violence.
    • Sexual harassment, sexual abuse, eve teasing at the workplace.
    • Maintenance of women, children and senior citizens.
    • Rights regarding property and land.
    • Equal wages for males and females.
    • Maternity benefits and prevention of foeticide.
    • Prohibition of child marriage, protection of children from sexual assault, prevention of child labour and implementing right to education.
    • Arrest – (F.I.R)/ process of registering the First Information Report.
    • Atrocities against scheduled castes/ scheduled tribes and their rehabilitation.

    Common Service Centre (CSC)

    • It  is one of the mission mode projects under the Digital India Programme run by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). 
      • There are approximately 4 lakh CSCs in India. CSCs are located in Gram Panchayats.
    • CSCs are shops/Kiosks that deliver various government services online like public utility services, social welfare schemes, healthcare, financial, education and agriculture services to citizens in rural and remote areas of the country.