APRIL 2015



The department seeks to improve the institutional capacities of key justice service providers to enable them to effectively serve the poor and disadvantaged. The Access to Justice initiave is being rolled out in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh where interventions like legal literacy, training of Sabla girls, training of paralegal volunteers under NALSA scheme, Justice Innovation Fund, young lawyers for justice fellowship programme etc are being implemented.

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 and to organise Lok Adalats for amicable settlement of disputes.

UNDP Partners with people at all level of society to build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. UNDP launched the "Access to Justice" initiative to enhance government interaction with citizens, focus on right to information, inclusive growth and quick and inexpensive delivery of justice with speed and affordability by strengthening legal aid and empowerment for marginalized people.

OneWorld Foundation India works in collaboration with governments, multilateral organisations, corporates and the civil society for furthering social and sustainable development. The OneWorld network uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), creates and disseminates information on development issues, and also reaches out to the people at the grassroots level through innovative communication mediums.

Access to Justice

NyayaPath is an innovative Access to Justice initiative to enable marginalised and other communities in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to use technology to access information on welfare laws, policies and schemes in local languages like Santhali and Chhattisgarhi. Read more...

Info-kiosks Benefit Thousands in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh
Ashok Kumar, OneWorld

In what has proved to be a successful example of how ICTs could help bridge the distance between the government and common people residing in the far flung areas of a large country like India, the voice-based information kiosks are providing the much needed service on social welfare laws, policies and schemes to marginalised sections of the society.

The voice based legal information kiosks or NyayaPath as they are called have been set up in the largely tribal states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh under a joint initiative of the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India, UNDP and OneWorld Foundation India.Read more...

  1. "NyayaPath, recently, was instrumental in helping someone who came looking for information on divorce procedures as his wife is living separately for three years now."

    Manish Kumar Sahu, Para Legal Volunteer/Kiosk Operator, Bemetara, Chhattisgarh

  2. "Women are finding NyayaPath useful. In one such case, a woman has successfully claimed alimony from her husband. I was able to help her with just the right kind of information she needed when she visited the kiosk."

    Santosh Joshi, Para Legal Volunteer/Kiosk Operator, Korba, Chhattisgarh

  3. "People are hesitant to visit these kiosks, especially when they are largely clueless about the purpose of the same. I have instructed the PLVs to raise the volume in between, so that content is audible to those present around the kiosk."

    Sunita Sahu, DLSA Secretary, Rajnandagaon, Chhattisgarh

  4. "NyayaPath is a popular, one-stop-information centre located in our court in the Mahasamund district. DLSA, on its part, is able to reach out to a larger canvass of people through the kiosk than the awareness camps organised by it."

    Vandana Verma, DLSA Secretary, Mahasamund, Chhattisgarh
In News
NyayaPath has received a lot of media coverage in leading newspapers of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh like The Pioneer, Bhaskar, Patrika, Prabhat Khabar, Nai Duniya, Jagran, etc. Read more...

at Kiosks- Jharkhand & Chhattisgarh


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