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 initiative 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...

In Focus


Zila Panchayats and Panchayats

Zila Panchayats are Panchayats at the apex or district level in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) above Panchayat Samiti and Gram Panchayats. Zila Panchayat is the main institution involved in development activities in the district. A chairperson is elected by the members of the Panchayat who presides over its proceedings.

The main responsibility of the Zila Panchayat is to provide essential services and facilities to the village communities such as basic infrastructure like roads, bridges, information regarding latest farming technologies, construction of primary health centres, primary schools, vaccination programmes, welfare schemes for the backward classes and minorities, etc. The Zila Panchayat receives funds from the state government and collects revenue for water and electricity for its development activities. Read more...

Panchayati Raj Gram Sabha and
Gram Panchayat
Gram Panchayat Work Panchayat in
Tribal Areas
Panchayat Samiti
and its Work
District Panchayat
and its Work
Radio Programme - Women Rights

Ms Geeta Luthra speaks about the importance of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. She further suggests that societal and educational change is important to make women empowered and respected. She adds that the country has sufficient laws but the problem lies in their implementation which delays the process of justice.

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